You Are So Much More!

Hello, my friends, and dear brothers and sisters in Christ! I hope this finds you well!

The world will always seek for ways to label us and to create a sense of insecurity within (advertising thrives on this). Our worth, or so we are told, is dependent on our looks, what we possess, who we know, and our level of influence.

How many girls and women are depressed because they do not see a “cover girl” in the mirror? How many guys are ashamed because they are not a tough UFC fighter or powerful leader? How many people, both young and old, sell their souls to have the “right” shoes, clothing, etc. to fit in with the crowds? Yet, all of this empty and fading, just an evaporating mist!

If you read the book of Ecclesiastes, the writer describes all of this as vanity, worthless, fleeting, and empty. The apostle John writes,

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. ~ 1 John 2:15-17

My friend, if you are a child of God, then you are not what the world labels you. You are not a geek, loser, skank, or some other derogatory term. You are not just a waitress, clerk, janitor, restaurant manager, etc. You and I might not be  “cool cats” according to the world. So what? The world is not who defines us or gives us our identity. 

Paul writes honestly,

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Yet, check out what John says of those who are born again of God’s Spirit:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ~ 1 John 3:1

As if this isn’t astonishing enough, the apostle Peter tells us,

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Peter 2:4-5 

Then,

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ~ 1 Peter 2:9

Brothers and sisters, the world does not define us, God does! May your spirit embrace His definition and identity He has given you! 

Every Spiritual Blessing

The Scriptures declare the true followers of Christ are blessed in Him “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3). Notice, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing, not necessarily physical blessing. We are not promised earthly wealth, great health and longevity of life, popularity, or freedom from suffering. Yet, regardless of one’s position/condition here on earth, the person who is in Christ has every spiritual blessing. But what does this mean?

In the first chapter of Ephesians we are told that the true people of God are chosen in Him. We are made holy and blameless (that is, cleansed and made new). We are predestined for adoption as sons and daughters of God. We are redeemed, forgiven, and granted an (eternal) inheritance. And we have been sealed with His Holy Spirit.

In the second chapter of Ephesians we are told that we were once dead in our sins, followers of the devil, and children of wrath who lived in the passions of body and mind. But God, in His marvelous love and grace, made us alive in Christ. All of this is given to us by His grace. We do not—cannot—earn it. All of it is given to us as a gift.

We were once separated, alienated,  and at enmity with God. However, in and through Christ, we are brought near and reconciled to God by the blood of Jesus. Through His cross He killed the hostility.

I do not know what your circumstances are, but I do know that life is difficult. Look upwards to Christ, cling to God’s promises, and remember your identity and position in Christ. All of this is by His great mercy and grace, not by our doing. Regardless of how lowly our position is on earth, every spiritual blessing belongs to each person who is in Christ. Be encouraged, my friend!