Your Role in His Mysterious Plan
I’m going to ask you to do something a little difficult for the next few moments. As you read this post, set aside your preconceived ideas or prejudices. Let go of resentments from past church experiences which left you disillusioned or disappointed. Ask God to allow you to see the Church from His perspective and fill you with hope for His purpose in this “Great Mystery!”
I encourage you to read through the book of Ephesians for a beautiful view of the church—perhaps read chapter 3 after finishing this post.
The “great mystery” was the gospel plan that was hidden, shrouded in mystery throughout past ages until the work of the cross was accomplished. In Ephesians, Paul shares a little about the role he would play in this:
Please don’t miss the significance of that last phrase—“that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church!”
Hmmm … I’m a little inspired and overwhelmed at the same time as I read those words. What do you think it means?
To help answer that question, let’s take a rapid-fire look at the Church:
What is it?
- The community of true believers from every age for all time, the purchased possession of Jesus Christ ( 2:11–16; 5:25).
- The Redeemed; those chosen to bear the identifying marks of redemption in order to display God’s glorious power (1 Pet. 2:9–12).
- The “great mystery” of Gentiles and Jews comprising the Body of Christ—the Church ( 3).
What is its purpose?
How does the Church do that?
- Being salt and light ( 5:13–16)
John Piper describes the powerful role of the Church:
“Most of us go through day after day and seldom feel the impact of the magnitude of what we are caught up in by belonging to Jesus Christ…. And we don’t take enough time to meditate on how our jobs, our home life, our leisure, our church involvement—how each of these fits into the cosmic significance of the church.”1
So perhaps displaying God’s wisdom through the Church has something to do with how we live out the Gospel in our daily lives through:
- Worship—our daily actions of obedience.
- Being salt and light—others seeing God’s grace and power at work in our lives, reflected by our unity, love for one another, proclamation of truth, and selfless devotion to Christ and others.
- Producing disciples—leading others to a relationship with Christ and then nurturing them as they grow spiritually.
- Demonstrating mercy to the needy—practically applying the mercy of Christ to those who are truly in need.
How do you think we can display the “manifold wisdom of God” as the Church? Please share some practical examples in your comment below!
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Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
In the late 1990s my friend, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, gave me two books that made a significant impact on my life. True Woman by Susan Hunt and The Feminist Gospel (later revised and entitled The Feminist Mistake) by Mary Kassian. My eyes were opened to how the feminist philosophy has permeated our culture and what a loss we’ve experienced as a result.Read more