EPH 1:7-10 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
We have REDEMPTION!
Through His BLOOD – the worthy sacrifice offered as a clear example of a life of righteousness, love, honor, power, patience, forgiveness, mercy, long-suffering, selfless service to others, humility, peace, comfort, and all of those things that we are not.
We have FORGIVENESS!
By His GRACE – He extends to us the love that we do not deserve. He approaches us like a loving Father who sees past the sins and rebellion of their beloved child, and who offers forgiveness each time that we stumble, because we are His beloved children.
We have GUIDANCE!
By the WORD OF GOD – which is carved onto our hearts, which is taught to us through the Holy Spirit that lives inside us believers, and which is recorded in the written word of scripture.
We have PURPOSE!
By CHRIST ALIVE IN US – to unite all things to Him, through sharing this message of HOPE for the lost, of FAITH for the tested and tried, and for LOVE extended to all who will receive us as friends and as servants. We are not meant to remain dead in our sins, but to shine forth in our renewed lives as the salt and light in a world of darkness and despair.
We are to be the hands that lift others up, the arms that hold others strong and firm in their faith, the ears to discern the truthfulness or twisting of words spoken, the eyes to see the fruits of spiritual health or the evil of spiritual death and disease, the knees that firmly yet humbly present our prayers for healing and restoration, the feet that bring us in for praise and worship and out for service in His name, the mouths that share this Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And this Kingdom work, this unifying things on earth with those things in heaven – it is the only work that has lasting value – because it is the work that Christ is doing through us – the works of our own are futile and useless.
Use us, Lord.
Live in us and through us, Lord.
Remind us what is important, Lord.
Shake us to our very foundation, so we will know that our house is built on the foundation of the rock of Jesus Christ, and that the walls are built by Christ living in us and through us, so that we can see clearly those things that are worthy works where we have been equipped and you have used us, so we will not confuse them with our own works or striving or religious practice.
As always, these are my journals of personal commentary on what I’m going through and learning. This message may just be for me, or it may speak to you as well, but this is not me aiming words at anyone but myself. Have a blessed day.