Jesus Christ. Two words. One name. This man changes our destiny, fills our spirits with resounding hope, and empowers us with divine wisdom. According to Ephesians chapter one, from the moment we received salvation, the “Holy Spirit of promise” assured our place beside the King and professed our heavenly inheritance.
As we explore the book of Ephesians over the course of January, the ladies here at We Are Beautiful pray the Lord will pronounce His character to you in groundbreaking, world-shattering ways. The “book of love” is a beautiful composition of the blessings God bestows on the faithful. If we pay close attention to the intentional words set before us in Ephesians, we hold the very secret of triumph.
In the first chapter of this book, Paul lays the foundation for explaining our redemption.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8
Christ changed our destiny because of the blood He shed on the cross. Before He was born He bore the weight of our sin and it wasn’t until He spoke the words “it is finished” that the path of forgiveness was ours to follow. As our feet walk down this path of redemption, it’s important to shift our gaze from what’s ahead to Who’s above. As Christians our inheritance is the kingdom, but the beauty of it is we can still wear our crown here on earth.
How do we wear our crown with pride? It’s simple. In verses 18-19 Paul tells us:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”
Let me break that down for you. To wear your crown for all to see, you must first open your heart to His destiny for your life. Once you take that first step, He will begin to entrust you with priceless blessings and command His miracle-working power over every circumstance.
This leads us to chapter two where Paul describes the beauty of our new life with Christ. You and I were born into this world as sinners. It wasn’t until we spoke the intimate prayer of repentance that our sin could no longer label us. From the moment we confessed our weakness and spoke of our desire to follow Him, the Spirit heard those words as an invitation.
“… Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in who you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:20-22
Christ is our corner stone, our body is a temple, and the Spirit dwells within us. As a vessel of heavenly power (Wow, did you grasp that? We hold within us the very power that raised the dead to life!), we must leverage God’s grace and mercy to build our temple brick by brick.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6
While we inhabit this earth in the waiting for the Lord to call us home, there is much to be done. Before you start thinking BIG to the point of overwhelming yourself, let me say that we were each given our own tailored calling. Maybe you’re the volunteer at your home church. That’s a calling. Or the godly friend to someone in your life who has never stepped foot in a church. That’s a calling. God spoke to you about traveling to third world countries, ministering to those who have never heard the name of Jesus. That’s a calling. You’re raising a family who loves and honors God. That’s a calling too. You’ve wanted to compose a book of devotions. OK maybe that’s my calling.
You see, we were all marked with different destinies and I believe we are given more than one over the course of our lives. God loves to see us serve which is why He places those opportunities before us.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
That triumph I was talking about earlier, well here it is. When you come face to face with a difficult season, He gives you peace in the chaos. If you find yourself waiting on a promise, He gives you the courage to be patient. When all you hear is lies of inadequacy, He reaffirms your incredible potential.
As we embrace our calling, the Lord equips us with everything we need to see it through. He never gives us more than we can bear, so when we see those seasons through we can look back triumphant.