[From August 9, 2013]
"...So that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places."
There's a wonderful question asked among Christian circles: "If your church disappeared tomorrow, would anyone notice?" Of course, this is referring to those outside of your faith community, and usually calls us to look at the impact our churches are having on the community around us.
But today, as I was reading Ephesians 3, I got a different perspective on this question. Paul reminds us the local church is called to reflect "the wisdom of God in its rich variety." Ok. I can handle that. But who whom are we supposed to reflect this? Our communities? Our nation? Our leaders? Paul lists a different entity: "rulers & authorities int he heavenly places." Not just any rulers & authorities... spiritual ones! This is a cosmic call... a supernatural challenge... an invitation to confront evil (in all its manifestations) through the work of the church.
Wow. That's big. Daunting, even. But with Christ Jesus, all things are possible. May we reflect the wisdom of God in all we do!