“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:15-18 NLT
Paul is driving home the gratefulness he has for these Ephesian believers. Their devotion to Christ is most commendable. He also prays for them that they would grow in their knowledge of God. Lastly, he prays that God would open their understanding to who they are in Christ.
It would do us well, as saints of God, to stop and consider who we are in Jesus Christ. If we could only see ourselves the way God sees us, we would be encouraged to the greatest degree.
There are only two ways God looks at humanity:
1. In Christ (born again - His children.
2. Out of Christ (lost - separated from God because of sin).
Which one are you?
If we are born again we are God's treasure and His glorious inheritance. Because of what Christ has done for us, and in us, we are so much more than we can currently see. Take heart. Look up! The day is coming when we will be revealed in our incorruptible and immortal bodies. Right now we may be under the burden of our carnal life but, when Jesus returns, we will experience the glorious translation of mortal to immortal, corruptible to incorruptible.
“Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.” 1 John 3:2 NLT
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:53 KJV
Let's keep our eyes on who we are in Christ and where we are destined.
Think about that!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, thank you for calling me to Yourself and transforming me into one of Your children. I will trust in You while I am on this temporary journey. One day, I'll be home with You and sit at Your table. My heart longs for that day!!
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Rev. Curtis Norris