I was reading this morning in a book titled “The Unnecessary Pastor”.
Various of the chapters in this book are a commentary on the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, and where I was reading this morning was a commentary on 1:5.
The author, among other things, writes:
“…One of the problems in churches these days is that we have too many adolescents and not enough sons. To be an adolescent is still to clamor for instant gratification. To be a son in the sense used by the biblical writers is to be trained to fulfill the Father’s mission and to know that always with the rights of sonship come attendant responsibilities. To be a son is to be the agent of the Father and to do the Father’s work. This requires obligation, commitment, and accountability…”
The author is developing a theme that has struck a cord in my mind, and I trust in my heart as well, that worship of God is at the heart of everything.
I have been struck recently with how many times this thought has come up in various contexts.