Gathering together different pieces:
 It is a great encouragment, when Paul writes in Ephesians 2, that in addition to being saved only by grace, but that God in his grace has prepared us for good works whether it be now or in the future.
 Yesterday, was reading Hebrews 6. A friend encouraged out of that to “move on from the elementary teachings of the faith. So no matter what, we should be looking to push forward and not be lazy”
 Another friend had shared an helpful article some time back and I found this super relevant:
“The antidote to our serving-paralysis…is not to find the ministry that fits us best. It’s not doing more and more until our guilt is quenched with exhaustion. It might not even be “serving” in the way we’ve come to understand and define it”
 From Sunday’s sermon:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:11
And understanding Ephesians 1:9-11 again, we understand that the writer here is talking about everything beautiful and fitting is found in Jesus…
 Something I have said recently:
“The love that brothers and sister in Christ share, are… a reality based on right attitudes, words, actions, driven by God’s love, for the goal of building each other in Christ to reach maturity.”
So it is this love that God showed us in Jesus, that we need to witness as we offer and proclaim the Gospel.
And there is no no accident as to the people that God has placed around us; family, friends, work colleagues, fellow students etc; both Christians and non-Christians, to proclaim God’s grace and faithfulness; and overflow in love, generosity and prayer. Even it costs us our comfort, time and resources…
My personal reflection:
I find that having this heavenly perspective shape everything, prevents me from presuming “entitlement” to particular things; but instead to see everything as a gift and privilege.
For example: while it is difficult, the gift of having brothers, sisters where it requires effort to catch up or encourage; seeing the fruit years down the track, of fearless mature men and women, who are actively seeking to reach the world around them.
 I found that after reading the article again, that it reminded of what a friend had written several months before, which describes in a bit more clarity:
“Being nice is easy. But loving others is often inconvenient and uncomfortable. But I’ve been challenged that loving people means going further than just being nice.
Loving people means copying Jesus and the example He set on the cross. It means I stop looking inward and start looking outward to people’s greatest need – forgiveness from Jesus.”