God is so rich in mercy and he loves us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sin, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you are saved. For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and sealed us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Ephesians 2:4-6, 7-10
Over and over I read about the generosity of God and the sacrifice of Jesus to deliver these riches to us. These origins of the faith, I cannot forget: my peace from His torture, my healing from His wounds. Heavenly realms are spoken in the present tense. It’s now.
“He raised me up” is the song by Josh Groban:
He raised me so I can stand on mountains…
He raised me up to walk on stormy seas….
What low place might we feel right now? How might we “sit” ourselves in the heavenly realms with Christ? Take 2 minutes and breathe that truth.
So God can point to us in the future as the example of his incredible wealth of his grace and kindness, to show what is available for those united with Christ.
A life of meaning comes from the design of God. We are to be the example to a lost world of his incredible grace and kindness. To allow His gift to us to flow out is a gift, an honor, a burden. The world doesn’t always seem to welcome it, but we an do no other thing. Consider how we can show grace and kindness in all the places we are.