Meet Helen, here she was a christian all her life, but in a moment of intense passion she fell to sexual immorality. How was she to tell her parents? For sure her fellow church members would never look at her the same again. Encouraged to get baptized and marry “the guy”, she proceeded with saying I do. She would later discover that this wasn’t what God had in store for her as she watched her marriage end in shambles. Here she was once again feeling unworthy.
Just like Helen, you might be struggling with the sins of your past. You try to push them aside but you are constantly reminded of how unworthy you are. You feel judged, deficient, and unworthy in your spiritual journey. The enemy puts thoughts in our minds, “you can’t pray like Sister Pat” or he reminds you that your family isn’t perfect like the Jones’s reminding us of our inadequacies.The devil wants us to feel inadequate, if we struggle with the idea of unworthiness among our christian community, how then can we walk worthy of our calling?
1 Peter 5:8 says, the devil is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. This feeling of unworthiness, comes from the devil. His main purpose is to do whatever he can to prevent us from making it into the Kingdom of God. He dangles attractive alternatives before us. He keeps us busy, leaving very little time to spend with God and dwelling in the realm of unworthiness.
How then do we fight back? How do we get past this feeling of been unworthy? We can do this by spending time studying the bible. The book of Ephesians dives into the concept of worthiness. We have all been haunted by our past whether it be greed or even sexual immorality. In the power packed booked of Ephesians, we come to understand that God has chosen us. Despite how awful your past may look, God still chose you. He goes a step further and he promises us an inheritance. Can you imagine leaving your estate to an individual responsible for taking the life of someone very dear to you? That’s whats so amazing about this concept, regardless of how messy our backgrounds, God chose you and he has an inheritance for you. Doesn’t that excite you? To think, that regardless of your past, God views you as worthy? All you have to do is just to be willing to accept his gift of eternal life?This is one of the amazing truths found in the book of Ephesians.
I had the pleasure of receiving an advanced copy of the ” Worthy of the Calling Bible Study.” You too can experience the amazing truths found in the book of Ephesians. The Worthy of the Calling Bible Study is a free 31 day online bible study of the book of Ephesians written by Sarah Koontz, It’s convenient for the busy professional as it only takes 15 minutes per day and a mobile device. The studies are also packed with cool free digital downloads.
I reached out to Sarah to find out more about her bible study routine and the nuggets she mined from the study. Here are her responses:
What is your Bible study routine and how do you study the Word?
I would say my personal Bible study routine varies greatly. I try to commit 10-15 minutes to the Lord at the beginning of every day. Sometimes it’s reading Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest devotional and other times it’s reading through my Bible chronologically for a year. Although I often gain deep insight from my personal quiet times, I try to keep them separate from my writing schedule. When I’m in the midst of writing a Bible study, I often spend 3-5 hours a day reading commentaries or doing my own inductive study of the word. It’s definitely a more academic endeavor than my personal quiet time, but such a joy!
What would you say are the top 3 “nuggets” you mined from your study?
1) We are worthy because of who God is and because of who God says we are.
2) God never asks us to do something He doesn’t first equip us to do.
3) Submission and sacrificial love are part of God’s design for mankind.
Personally, I found the study very easy to read and filled with nuggets of wisdom.I would love if you would join me on this 31 day journey.