When was the last time you lived like what you say you believe is actually true? How would it change your life if you did?
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…because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan…And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him. Ephesians 1:13-14
What if you faced each morning knowing that because you have put your faith in Christ you posses the Holy Spirit of God and all the juicy goodness that accompanies this truth? How would that change your approach to the mundane events of your day? How does it change things to know that you are God’s possession, that you have been guaranteed an inheritance, and that God is working out everything according to his plan and you get to be part of it?
Here’s another one:
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5
Did you think you weren’t valuable? Did you think God simply tolerated you? Think again. God wanted to adopt you into his own family; it gave him great pleasure!
What about this:
For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17
Imagine driving to work or school tomorrow morning and really believing that God looks upon you with so much divine love that not only have you been fully adopted and given the very Spirit of the Living God to guide your inner life, but that God actually delights in you to the point of spontaneous singing over you.
But if you are like me, it is not always easy to own these truths. Do you feel like your belief is hanging by a proverbial thread and could snap at any moment? Our kind Savior understands our frail human condition, and in his goodness…
He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. And his name will be the hope of all the world. Matthew 12:20-21
Maybe your faith is weak and you feel like a dim, smoldering candlewick on the brink of being snuffed out. Take courage. You are still being held in the palm of God’s hand, and he is taking great care to keep your small flicker alive and protected from the storm that would douse your light. He will nurse your thin belief back to health while he rejoices over you with singing.