Responding to Call — Grounded in Love

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 1.20.41 PMEphesians 3:14-21           14 This is why I kneel before the Father. 15 Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by him. 16 I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. 17 I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, 18 I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. 19 I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. 20 Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; 21 glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen.. (CEB)

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Reflections Provoked by Ephesians 3:14-21

Strengthened by insistence
in the name of God
I take on the messianic process
I become one more foretaste of messiah
grounded in  love

I don’t want to be messiah
I don’t want to be identified with God
too much responsibility
too many expectations
impossible tasks
improbable outcomes
I don’t want to be the one
who insists

Having been insisted upon
Having been called
Having been nudged
and beckoned
and nagged
I respond
hoping to move toward
the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice
hoping to take one more step
following in the Way of Yeshua

And then I am told
that, responding,
I make God present
I present a foretaste
of the presence
of messiah
so I become
hope of the world

Insistence didn’t ask
if I were ready
if I wanted the responsibility

Insistence just insisted
poked and prodded

Insistence called
and I answered
isn’t it?

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