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“"Carrying the Same Load?"”
To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus…
Thoughts for Today:
I think it's interesting that Paul would make a distinction between the "holy people in Ephesus" and "the faithful in Christ Jesus." Many scholars believe he included others in his introduction in order to broaden the audience. In other words, Paul intended for this letter to be circulated among all the churches. While I generally agree with the thought process, it is also quite possible he was addressing a certain core group of believers within the church.
All too often, we find in our own churches a core group of people who always seem to shoulder the heavy loads. They are the ones involved in almost every activity -- whether a missionary luncheon, Vacation Bible School program, or the special events to celebrate Easter and Christmas. They are always present; always give; and always circulate the Gospel Message. So even though we are one in the Lord, not all of us live up to our potential. And not all of us carry the same load.
Questions to Ponder:
Are you doing your part in the church? Are you a spectator or participant? How can you become more involved?
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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.