Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 12, 2018
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
A needy newborn comes home from the hospital as a precious possession of her parents. There is no doubt of ownership, as the birth certificate verifies the mom and dad. They are responsible to nurture this little one in a home of patient love and instruction. In similar fashion to being possessed by the parent—the child possesses the parent. She possesses her parents genes, temperament and looks. Spiritual heritage, economic privilege, educational opportunity and social advantage come from her parental relationship. A child is secure in her parent’s possession and is secured by possessing her parents. Similarly, a child of God also enjoys a reciprocal ownership.
The sage apostle Paul illustrates a believer’s guaranteed inheritance, the Holy Spirit’s deposit—His indwelling presence in all who trust in Jesus. When we come to faith in Christ we are possessed by God, our spiritual birth certificate reads: child of God, born again on this date and time. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are responsible to nurture our faith, grow us in grace, lavish us with love and instruct us in the way of the Lord. Simultaneously, we possess God’s inheritance of abundant and eternal life. The Lord entrusts to us all He has, for all that we need.
“The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:7).
Does the Lord possess everything about you? Your thoughts? Your words? Your relationships? Your service? Your life? Only in complete surrender to Christ are you complete in Christ. Good people may try to invest your time, but make sure your calendar reflects God’s best, not just a lot of busy activities. Doing less may accomplish more, so ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the best yes and a resolute no. Many times terms of service are seasonal, so don’t be afraid to let someone else serve in your place with fresh energy and creative ideas. Being possessed by God is freeing.
Have you recently taken inventory of what you possess in Christ? Forgiveness. Peace. Hope. Joy. The abundant resources you have access to because of your relationship with Jesus are available. Seek out comfort in your grief. Follow your trail of tears into a deeper trust with the Lord. The path may feel lonely, but the fruit of consolation lies past the dark woods of worry. Peer into the backpack of your beliefs and dig out God’s compass of compassion. The needle of His will points to the true north of His love. Look up, you are loved and possess love, so you can love well. You are God’s possession and He is your possession to be used to declare God’s praises.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Heavenly Father, I praise You as Your precious possession, thank You that I have everything I need for life and death, in Christ, in His name, Amen.
What resource do I have in my relationship with the Lord that I can leverage for the Lord?
Only in complete surrender to Christ are we complete in Him. #WisdomHunters #God’spossession
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