For Sunday, July 12, 2009
If the circumstances of life are at the moment making you sad, overwhelmed, confused, or depressed, this passage is a marvelous place to turn. It starts off by saying that as believers we are blessed in the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Think about this: we are not blessed with many spiritual blessings, but with every spiritual blessing. We already possess, in Christ, everything we need, not only to cope with life, but to thrive, no matter the circumstance.
The passage goes on to enumerate a number of these spiritual blessings. We are chosen in Christ before the creation of the world (v. 4). We are predestined to be adopted as God's sons (v. 5). In Christ we have redemption through his blood, which means the forgiveness of our sins (v. 6). I could go on, but you see the point. Even in these three verses we have more spiritual riches than we could ever know what to do with.
Let us then not live our lives as harried paupers but rather let us live in a manner appropriate to the riches which we have inherited in Christ.