Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ… Ephesians 1:3
A few days ago I was blessed by a friend with a gift of home-grown apples. The apples were beautiful to look at and since I love that fruit I rejoiced at receiving them.
Once I got home, however, I had the choice to use them or just let them sit there in the bag looking and smelling delicious.
Responsibility comes with the receipt of a gift, for a gift is of no use unless it is used.
I thought about this as I took those apples out of the bag, washed and peeled them, chopped them and prepared them to be put into a pie. Using this wonderful gift entailed work, but, the end result offered a blessing that I could enjoy and share with others–
a yummy home-made apple pie!
Believers, God has blessed us with so many spiritual blessings in Christ! Are we using them?
It behooves us to think upon all that we have received to see if we are using what we have been given and if so, are we also sharing it with others?
Let’s not let one day go by that we neglect to seek out and use a spiritual blessing that we have been given, for gifts are meant to be used, and as they are, they bring joy to us as well as to others.
For through Him(Jesus) we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit to the Father…Ephesians 2:18
Recently, while at the airport, there was an area only certain people were allowed to enter. A big sign was posted that said “Access Denied. Authorized Personnel Only”.
I am sure you may have seen similar signs or even found such a site on the internet where access was not allowed to just anyone.
Seeing that sign made me wonder how I would feel if I happened to be one of the ‘Authorized Personnel” that was allowed to enter through the door. I thought to myself that I probably would feel pretty special if I was allowed to freely open that door and walk through.
However, as a Believer in Christ, I realized that I already am really special, for in Christ I have been given free access to God the Father at anytime and not just anyone has that privilege, only those who are believer’s can freely enter into God’s presence.
Before I knew Christ, scripture says I was far away from God. (Eph.2:12) It was like there was an “Access Denied” sign between me and God. I was an alien and stranger, without hope in this world. (Eph.2:12) Yet, when I believed and received Christ, He brought me near. His Holy Spirit came to dwell within me. (1 Cor.6:19)
I became a fellow citizen with the saints and members of the household of God, (Eph.2:13,19) Because of Christ I was authorized to enter God’s Throne room. I now had the right to call God my Father. I was blessed to have a close personal relationship with Him as His child. No longer was I denied access–for the door was open! Now that really makes me feel special !
What a Blessing we believer’s have been given! We should feel so special everyday “For through Him(Jesus) we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit to the Father…” Ephesians 2:18
Posted in Daily Blessings 2012
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