‘…I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.’ Ephesians 3.15
In this prayer, Paul has knelt before the Father in full submission to his love, and in these words that follow he reveals something beautiful about God: every single person derives something of their being from God because he has put his very nature within them. To make this personal - you carry something of the presence of God within you.
However, this does carry a responsibility with it: what are you going to do with this truth? As Paul’s prayer develops in Ephesians 3, challenges arise about how we can let it deepen within us, but for now the challenge is this: what are you doing with the presence of God that is within you? Even before you attempt to respond, perhaps the question to consider is whether or not you actually believe it?
We all find ourselves in dark places from time to time, and on such occasions do you look to see where God has gone - or can you tune into his presence within you despite the darkness? When you see someone in need of a touch from God, do you give some thought to who can bring that touch to them - or can you recall his presence within you and allow it to flow through you to them?
You were created by God and carry his presence within you; so like Jeremiah (in chapter 15, verse 16) you can say, “…I bear your name”. Let it flow out of you today.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission