The hope and joy and love of Christ only becomes real when we recognize how desperately we need Jesus.
There are many important things regarding our faith that Paul could have said. But considering this opportunity to be his last, his words are carefully chosen to share what is most important. So the things he shares with us today in our passage are not just good things to keep in mind. It is the essentials and the most important things he wanted to leave with the elders of Ephesus. And from it, I want to argue today that our life’s mission is fulfilled when we are committed in covenant to one another as a church.
What is vision and why is it so important? For a company, for the nation, for your personal life, vision is crucial. Vision gives purpose and direction and vision unifies us. And what about for the Christian? What about for the church? Yes it is still the same. It is crucial, it gives us purpose and direction and it unifies us. But one differing marker for the Christian and for the Church, is that our vision is not something that comes from ourselves. It's not something we can create on our own.