As the apostle Paul was wrapping up his letter to the church in Ephesus, he shared some things with them that are very applicable to us today.
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY
Ephesians 6:18-20 (HCSB)
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 20 For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.
In prison for sharing the gospel, Paul did not ask them to pray for him to be comfortable and well-fed. He did ask them to pray for him to be released. Rather, he asked them to pray for him that he would be faithful to open his mouth to boldly share the good news of Jesus Christ.
He encouraged them to persevere in prayer – to keep on praying! So, as the Lord brings people to your mind (or you run across them in the grocery store, or on social media, or wherever), pray for them. Pray that they will be bold witnesses for Christ. Pray, pray, pray.
SEND ENCOURAGING GREETINGS TO OTHERS
Paul sent his friend Tychicus with the letter to the Ephesians. This letter was intended to be read by the church in Ephesus, then passed along to other nearby churches so that their faith would be encouraged and strengthened too.
Not only did Tychicus deliver the letter, but also he gave them an update on how Paul was doing. In addition, Paul knew that Tychicus would be an encouragement to the church just by being there with them. Notice what Ephesians 6 says about this.
Ephesians 6:21-22 (HCSB)
21 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed. 22 I am sending him to you for this very reason, to let you know how we are and to encourage your hearts.
Let’s follow the example of Paul and of Tychicus. Let’s send encouraging greetings to others. Whether that be a Christmas card, a message via your favorite social media site, a Skype call, a hand-written letter, a phone call, or a personal visit, let’s find ways to intentionally encourage others.
Even if you are going through a tough time (like Paul was), send encouraging greetings to others. For the glory of God, and the sake of the gospel.
SHARE PEACE, LOVE and GRACE
Paul’s final words in the letter to the Ephesians remind us of the things that are most important.
Ephesians 6:23-24 (HCSB)
23 Peace to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through Christ, we have:
- Peace (with God, and with others)
- Love (with faith)
- Grace (evidenced by an undying love for Jesus Christ)
Wrap it up. Put a bow on it. Give it to others. Peace, Love, and Grace to you.