Not quite two decades ago, I learned I was pregnant with our first child. One of my favorite things about being pregnant was the first trimester, when no one except me, my husband and God knew about the pregnancy. It was a miraculous secret we all shared that would slowly be revealed in time. In that season I was keenly aware that I carried a life inside me everywhere I went. I relished the idea that even once we began sharing our good news with family and friends, the pregnancy still wouldn’t be evident to people who didn’t know me for many weeks later.
During that very first pregnancy, I remember as we got closer to delivery, the more worried and anxious I became about my desire to labor without medication.
How am I going to make it through labor?
Will I be able to endure the pain of delivery?
How bad was this going to hurt?
Fear gripped my heart. I had lost sight of the purpose of the pregnancy.
The pregnancy was great. It got me lots of attention. People opened doors for me. There were designated parking spaces at stores. I ate what I wanted without worrying about the nutritional value. Those were all enjoyable things, but a new life is ultimately the purpose for pregnancy. To fulfill its purpose my pregnancy had to prepare this new life to live in this world apart from my body. My body was the incubator the baby needed to grow to maturity. The 40 weeks was the time God used to do it.
In Ephesians 3:7-13 the apostle Paul shares his role in God’s great purpose and plan. In doing so, there are four things revealed about God in this passage:
God chooses us.
Ephesians 3:9 I was chosen to explain to this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
There is a confidence that comes in knowing that you have been handpicked or chosen for an assignment.
God has a purpose.
Ephesians 3:10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Purpose is synonymous with intention. God moves with intentionality. His view of life is not limited. We only get a point of view. He sees all. He knows all. He orchestrates it all to serve every angle of our lives.
God has a plan.
Ephesians 3:11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
A plan is a set of actions or methods needed to achieve a purpose. Paul shares God’s plan in detail in Ephesians 1:10,11. At the right time, everything in heaven and Earth will be brought under Christ’s authority. We, who have believed, will have the honor of joining in His inheritance.
God has given us access to Him.
Ephesians 3:12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
We are assured that God wants a relationship with us. I don’t know anyone more bold and confident about coming into my presence than my children. As God’s children, don’t forget to approach him with the same boldness and confidence our children or any other person we love and care about approaches us.
As my delivery day approached, fear about the plan or method God would use to bring forth a new life overwhelmed me, until I remembered the purpose of the pregnancy. I was going to have the privilege to unite with God to bring a beautiful baby girl into this world.
My prayer for you and for me today is we won’t allow the labor pains of our world to cause us to lose sight of our assignment to declare the good news that all who believe in Christ have access to God’s promises.
JOURNAL USING THIS DEVOTIONAL PROMPT: How do you use your voice for God’s glory?
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This article authored by StrongHer.me founder, Kendra Tillman, first appeared on Deeper Waters blog in November 2016.
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