I have been preaching through the book of Ephesians. After completing chapters 1-2, I wrote a first person content summary. Reading this in the morning could give you some great perspective for the rest of your day.
When Jesus instructed those who choose to come after Him to deny themselves, pick up their crosses, and follow Him, His counsel might have sounded like some sort of crazed death-wish spirituality. But, following Jesus while shouldering a cross is actually the most sensible thing a man or woman might do. They stand to realize something that exceeds in value the sum of everything on earth.
This summary of Ephesians 1-2 gives you a good look at the benefits those in Christ stand to gain. Our receipt of these gifts is assured by the good name of our Father. But for now, we have to exercise Faith that this future belongs to us. It will help if we remind ourselves of what we have to look forward to in Christ.
Read this summary in the morning. Let it remind you of how living for Jesus no matter the cost will be worth it.
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I Know Who I Am and What I Have Been Given in Christ!
Ephesians 1: I am looking forward!
In Christ, I have already been given every benefit heaven offers:
I have been chosen to stand in God’s presence holy and unashamed;
There, I will be declared as God’s own son;
All sin’s claims against me will be fully and finally cancelled;
I will comprehend what God has been doing in history and in my life;
I will receive an unbelievably rich inheritance in my true home.
Even now, I have been given God’s Spirit who guaranties my future receipt of these gifts.
With my eyes wide open to who God is, I am confident these blessings are mine.
I know that God has the absolute power and supreme authority to bring me home and lavish me with these grace-gifts.
Ephesians 2: I look back and remember!
I was dead, living for me, doing what Satan wants, bound for wrath.
But God, as an act of pure grace, rescued me from all that.
I am alive in Christ, bound for glory, soon to sit at His side;
I am living proof of the power of grace;
God has repaired me so that I can now live for His pleasure.
I was far away from God, called God’s reject, despairing of rescue, hopeless, and excluded from the people of God.
But God, in Christ Jesus, reached across this vast gulf to invite me into His presence.
Jesus became my peace broker who shattered the barrier that kept me on the outside and separated me from God;
He brought me into His inner circle, made me family;
His Spirit has even now begun working on me so that God can freely reside in me.