Let’s look at one of the most exciting and inspiring verses in the Bible:
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. Ephesians 1:3
What an incredible verse! God has blessed us, you and me, with “every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer”!
When we read this, we should get excited. Not because we’re expecting all our physical and natural wants and desires to be met, but rather because we realize that these spiritual blessings empower us to fulfill God’s plan on earth! As humans I think our first and natural tendency is to have our physical needs looked after but as Christians we need to choose to look past the natural and see these blessings for their true purpose. These are spiritual or inward blessings that when appropriated will cause us to be “salt and light” in the dark and needy world around us!
What are these spiritual blessings? Ephesians 1:3-14
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
- we are chosen by the kindness of God
- we are made holy & perfect
- we are adopted into the family of God, sons and daughters of Almighty God
- we are set free from our sins, forgiven!
- we are given wisdom and insight
- we will bring praise and glory to God
- we are sealed with the Holy Spirit
Notice these blessings all come through Jesus, the greatest spiritual blessing of all time: the Alpha & Omega, the Author and Finisher of our faith, the Risen Lord, the Perfect Sacrifice. It’s only by grace, through faith that we will lay hold of these blessings. And when we do, thanksgiving and praise should flow from our innermost beings like rivers of living water because we understand that we have now been given everything we need to fulfill God’s call. Everything we need to see “His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”
What an honor and privilege it is that God would choose to give us exactly what we need to walk with strength, boldness and courage through the physical and natural things this world holds for us. That He would provide a way for us to truly bring Him glory no matter what our physical situations look like.
When we rely on these spiritual blessings we will be a people who let our lights shine for Jesus in the darkest times. This is what we’re called too! This is where true fulfillment and joy really are. We’re way better off having the ability to stand firm in difficult times than we are enjoying physical pleasures for a season; way better witnesses of God’s greatness and glory when we can live in peace and joy while declaring His Lordship in times of trouble and hardship.
Will you join me in using these blessings to fulfill His calling to us: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations”!