A New Beginning

Ben Aguilera

Read: Ephesians 1:1-2

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (v. 2)

We all come to this day on different journeys. Some of us reading this devotional are tired; maybe we’ve had a particularly difficult year or two. We pray that the future will be better for us and for those whom we love. Others of us happily anticipate the future, excited to see what God will do in and through us. What doors will open for us? What opportunities will present themselves? Springtime may be brimming with possibilities for some, but others hope for more change than the weather brings.

Whatever posture you find yourself in today, hear Paul’s words as a comfort and a blessing, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” As we read and reflect on Ephesians together for these next two weeks, remind yourself of the grace and peace Jesus offers us. Paul purposefully opens his letter to the church of Ephesus offering words of grace and peace, for these gifts make it possible for us to live reconciled and redeemed lives.

Ephesians is a complex letter, but if we remember that God’s grace and peace is at the heart of Paul’s message, we will be better equipped to navigate it. So whether you approach today with eagerness or fatigue, let Paul’s greeting to the church of Ephesus wash over you: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” —Ben Aguilera

Prayer: Gracious God, please give me the strength to live out of your grace and peace today. Amen.