Last Words May Be Lasting Words
by Noah Hefley
November 02, 2019
So often when we gather with family in holiday seasons, we talk about anything and everything for no apparent reasons. And, really, there is nothing wrong with that. It is not unusual to talk about the usual. Indeed, it would be uncommon not to talk about things that are common. Ordinary people converse about ordinary topics. But when the family members are about to go home following the holiday, in those last moments of conversation, it is in a rush of words we say what we really mean. That is when we say and convey our love. Usually there are big hugs and best wishes and, of course, those important words like,“Love you…take care…stay in touch…drive safe” and so forth. Those last words can be lasting words. Here’s why—final words come from the heart!
I have enjoyed preaching a series in recent months from Ephesians called God @ Work on how God’s grace is at work in our lives. But I like to finish things. So when you come to the end of the letter to the Ephesians, Paul shares personally and emotionally some important things—from his heart. Listen to his words—
“Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how we are and what I am doing. I am sending him to you…that you may know how we are and that he may encourage you. Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love” (Ephesians 6:21-24).
Paul’s final words were of his desire for these believers to experience God @ Work in their lives through His peace, love and grace. Remember Paul began this letter by expressing his wish for the Ephesians to be filled with “every spiritual blessing” of God (Ephesians 1:3). Now the use of the word gracehere (Ephesians 6:24) is really a synonym for “every spiritual blessing” of God. This is Paul’s final reminder that God, by His grace, wants to fill our lives with many blessings. So I suppose this is my final word of encouragement to you from this study to allow God to bless your life immeasurably by His grace and through your willing heart.
The Jewish Talmud says, “In the world to come, each of us will be called to account for all the good things put on earth which we refused to enjoy.” May we not refuse to allow God to be as good to us as He would desire to be. Let us not live in spiritual poverty when our Heavenly Father purposes to make us spiritually wealthy. Since God surrounds us with good things for us to enjoy, we must daily claim them as our own. This is our spiritual inheritance! All of this to the glory of God!
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