January 3

Ephesians 1:8b-14

“With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” vss. 8b-10

According to scripture all things in the universe have their beginning and their ending in Christ, the one and only Alpha and Omega. This great truth gives perspective and context to the life that we live in our own brief wrinkle of time. Because our lifespans are so short, hardly more than the blink of an eye, and because the universe is so large, it’s easy for us to imagine that what we do or say has little or no significance in the long run. Fortunately that dreary, pessimistic notion was foreign to Jesus and those who chose to follow him. In his vision all life has value–even sparrows and lilies of the field fall under God’s watchful eye. Each of us has been called to a life of purpose and our every word and deed plays a part in a larger scheme. As we move through these first days of a brand new decade we can be confident that we are making a difference, and that future generations are even now being affected by our presence and our actions. That may be hard for us to believe, but in Christ it’s the absolute truth!

Thought for the Day: How am I making a difference?

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