Quote: “Never get so busy doing the work of the kingdom that you forget who the King is.”
In our sermon text, Ephesians 4:1-6, Paul calls attention to the two words, “above all.”
Look at his words to the believers at Ephesus. “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Paul’s writing to the Christian church, the Body of Christ, and he emphasizes how God is a God of unity as He works in the church.
He also stresses how the church, the Body of Christ, is to be a body of unity. The word he uses over and over is the word “one.” Notice the phrases:• There is a vocation, a calling for each one who is part of the body of Christ.• There is one body, and there is one Spirit.• There is one hope of our calling. • There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and then he adds in verse 6, “One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all!”
I want to call your attention to verse 6, and the two words, “Above all.” Take that phrase at face value,and it merely implies that there is nothing above it. No person, no power, no authority, no possession, no love, no passion! There can be nothing above it!
Yes, God is, above all! He is above all things, above all people, above our self. But is He?
Do I live each day, at work, or play, acknowledging that He is “Above All?”
When I serve, when I minister, when I use my talent, is God, above all?
When I give of my time and my treasure, is it with the conviction that God is “Above All?”
Think about it – Is God
-Above the world
-Above Fame and Fortune
-Above Family and Friends
-Above all Other People and Things
Today’s sermon asks the question, “Is God, above all?”
May the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts through the Word of God and bring us to the conviction that God is Above All!