5th August 2018

May the Force be With You!

“Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…”
Ephesians 2:3-6 (NIV UK)

When I say, “May the Force be with you,” you can easily determine I’ve seen my share of Star Wars movies! For most people, that line is about wishing someone good luck. But as Christians, we know of a force that transcends luck—a transforming force that leads and empowers us to live the Christian life.

The apostle Paul speaks of that life-transformation in Ephesians chapter two. He tells us though we were once spiritually dead due to sin, God, by his power, and in the abundance of his love and mercy, made us alive together with Christ, then seated us with our Lord in the heavenly places. Now that’s a force I want with me.

It’s by the grace of our triune God that we have been saved and by which we now live. Grace is a force which is with all believers. Through grace, we do not live alone; rather we live with Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. This means that the works we are called to do as followers of Jesus are not done on our own—they are works done in participation with Jesus, through the Spirit. By the Spirit who dwells in us, we join Jesus in forgiving our enemies, and loving our neighbours. By the Spirit alive in us, we join Jesus in his mission to see all people live in reconciliation with God—a reconciliation that is ours in and through Jesus.

As Christians, our calling is much more than merely fulfilling isolated scriptures, or reacting to present circumstances. And, thank God!, it is much more than operating under our own power. Our calling is to Jesus—to share in his love and in his on-going ministry in our world. As we live the Christian life, we are particularly alert to what the Spirit is saying and doing within the context of relationships—indeed, it is there that our relational God meets us.

Some attribute the line “May the force be with you” to an ancient Christian blessing taken from the book of Ruth—a blessing still spoken by clergy in many churches in our day: “The Lord be with you.” Indeed, the force that is with us is none other than the Lord Jesus, who came to us through the Holy Spirit. My prayer is that this Force—Jesus himself—will fill you with his Spirit, and this transforming Spirit will lead and empower you to live the Christian life. May the True Force be with you!

Prayer
Gracious Father, your overwhelming love for us led you to grant us the in-dwelling presence of your Holy Spirit to help us. We give you great thanks and stand in awe of that great love you have for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Greg Williams

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About the Author:
Greg Williams is Vice President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in North Carolina, USA.

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