Ephesus is estimated to have been the fifth largest city in the Roman Empire. It was a major center of materialism, the occult, and the pagan worship of Artemis, whose temple was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Yet within three years, the city was transformed. The worship of Artemis had declined precipitously and Ephesus had become a church-planting hub for the entire region. God brought about a major reformation that began with thoughtful preparation and the proclamation of Jesus Christ. God continues to work in the same way today as we proclaim the same Savior who set us free.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, known as the “Prince of Preachers” was also a persistent “pray-er.” One of the keys to his passion for prayer and the power he experienced in prayer was his private communion with God. Spurgeon reflects David’s own intimate communion with the LORD as seen in Psalm 63. There are valuable prayer lessons to glean from both the King of Israel and the Prince of Preachers.
We think we need many things in life but the only thing that is truly essential is a fresh sense of God’s divine majesty from the Scriptures. Psalm 93 lifts our eyes to the Lord who reigns on high, is robed in glory, is armed with strength, and who remains changeless forever. He not only rules over the storms of this life, but over His people, the Church, through His anointed Son who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Transitions are important. How we share the faith with our kids, reach to lost, develop new leaders, face new seasons of life, and respond to death are all critical in the lives of God’s people. Left to ourselves, our transitions are marked by sin and misery. But through the grace of our changeless Savior we may receive, run with, and pass the baton of gospel ministry with joy, for His glory.