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God Wants Us to Grow Up.

Ephesians 4:1-16   Ezekiel 10-11   Isaiah 42

“I am the Lord, I have called you” (Isaiah 42:6). As we read the scriptures before us this day, each of the three passages present us with two pictures. The first is a vision of the Lord God, “who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6, with Isaiah 42:5 and Ezekiel 10). The second is a description of the true heart and character of those whom God calls as his servant people (Isaiah 42:1-4; Ezekiel 11:19,20; Ephesians 4:1-16). Throughout, the message is consistent: I am the Lord, I have called you, so . . .

“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). And just what sort of life is worthy of the calling? Isaiah speaks of the Lord’s servant (both individually and as a community) as being committed to justice, gentle in approach and nature, and committed to fulfilling the call (42:1-4). Ezekiel characterizes God’s mature people as having a new heart and spirit which leads to obedience and oneness with God (11:19,20). And Paul describes a worthy life as one characterized by mutual love, commitment to unity, the work of ministry, and the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-3, 7-15). And all of this requires that we grow up (Ephesians 4:15). Well. And just what will it take for that to happen???

“I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them” (Ezekiel 11:19). And Isaiah writes, “I have put my spirit on him” (42:1). And Paul speaks of “one body and one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4). God wants us to grow up and this is the is only way it will happen! The Lord God — who created us and gives us breath (Isaiah 42:5), who moves throughout the earth (Ezekiel 10), and who is above and through and in all (Ephesians 4:6) — fills us with his own spirit and transforms us from the inside, out. And then calls us to use the gifts thus given to grow up. Together. In love. Anything else is, quite clearly, unworthy of our calling . . . May we hear the word of the Lord this day. May we receive the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth, in love. And may we, together, grow up in every way into Christ. Because that is exactly what God wants us to do. Amen.

“There is one body and one Spirit,
just as you were called to the one hope of your calling,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all, who is
above all and through all and in all.”
— Ephesians 4:4-6

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