Last week was a pretty awful week for me, but on Friday I spent some time with my friend Toya. I caught her up on some things going on in my life and she told me to read Ephesians 1 & 2. I haven’t read 2 yet but chapter 1 BLEW.MY.MIND !!!! If you ever need to understand how precious you are go to Ephesians 1 !!! If you don’t mind…I’m just going to share what it means to me…because I mean from line to line it was gold ! The word is TREASURE you guys, etch it in your heart. <3
In the very first verse it reads, This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I’m sure everyone knows this but Paul persecuted Christians…He was a murderer, hypocrite, jerk lol but you get my point. Paul was not living for Christ. But for some reason he was chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Jesus. Wow. Do you know what that tells me ? That it doesn’t matter who you are, where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or why or how you’ve done it God can take everything you’ve been through, every piece of knowledge, and every fiber of your being and turn it into something glorious. God used EVERY aspect of Paul. The fact that God can do that without holding the negative things he’s done against him is nothing but love. And that’s what I want to get into right now, the unbelievable, overwhelming LOVE God has for every single person on this Earth. God’s image has been distorted and characterized into a cold being that relishes on the punishment He deals people, when it’s not even like that. Firstly, God is SO multidimensional and that’s not even the best word to describe who He is. God is just God.
3. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. That reminded me of the scripture in James 1:17 that says every good gift comes from God…because if God had not sent down Jesus, both you and I would not even be here today and if we were, every day would be a useless gamble for the days of our lives. Paul reveals that God has blessed us with EVERY spiritual gift because we are united with Christ. To be perfectly honest, when I first thought about it this is what I pictured…A black cloud of wrath from God (while He’s scowling) hanging over my head and as soon as I say “YES, JESUS” then a ray of yellow sunshine comes beaming down with all these spiritual blessings along with ponies and Snicker bars ;). Thinking about it a second time though, that doesn’t even speak to God’s character. It’s true while we’re living in sin we’re not really on the uhm….safe side…however God doesn’t wait to smite you, toss lightning bolts at you, whatever. I honestly believe God is excited to shower these blessings over us. God’s character has not changed, neither have His blessings… it’s always been the same He can’t WAIT to drown you in blessings, because really … why would He enjoy seeing the pain sin brings you when He can give you joy ? It’s not that He doesn’t want to…it’s that now you’re in a place where your heart is open to receive those blessings. Away from God you’re not in a place where you can’t comprehend what He has for you. By being united with Christ (accepting Him) we are able to SEE those blessings.
4. Even before He made the world God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. (Now this is where I really started going CRAZY. This is one of my favorite verses!) Let me just uh, tell you a little bit about what this speaks to me. That, His blood IS FOR ME. HIS BLOOD IS FOR ME !!! God made the world before mankind even came into the picture so that means before I/we/you/whatever was/were/whatever on the blueprint God knew every detail about me and every fiber of my being BEFORE I WAS EVEN FORMED ! That means He took TIME out to create me, every intricacy of my physical all the way down to the depth of my soul! And I know people say this all the time but man grasp even a glimpse of God’s love for you! God loved me FIRST. It’s not that when I decided to accept Jesus that He decided to love me, He loved me before I knew who He even was…HE found ME, not the other way around. He cared about me SO MUCH but I wasn’t even physically HEREEEEE ! WHAT !? When Paul explains that God chose us in Christ it means before the world was even created I WAS MEANT TO BE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD and that JESUS did not die and rise again in vain. I do not care what foolishness is going on in the world right now because GOD said every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus conquered the grave and chose you, me, you, and you…US. That victory was for US. HIS blood was already ordained to cover all of us and put us in right standing with God. Jesus is meant for me…for all of us. No matter what I do that blood is meant for me, that blood can take care of EVERYTHING, come on now understand that His blood was shed for you. That blood means you CAN be holy and without fault because of it ! Yes, that means I can be set apart and I can stand in the presence of God because of what Jesus was destined to do when we were only on paper. Y’all…really that means God saw pass our destructive ways and patiently remembered our VALUE. That is LOVE !
5. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what God wanted to do and it gave Him great pleasure. How many people know it’s not as soon as we’re born that we’re deemed children of God ? It’s when we accept Christ and what He did for us. At first, that seems really harsh…but think about it like this. God loves us so much (there is no end to God’s love) that He found a loop hole in the atmosphere sin created and chose us in ADVANCE to be adopted as His own. He gave up HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON because to Him we were worth it. Come on now guys, we’re expensive. He saw us in the distance despite the whips, chains, spit, despite all of that ! Jesus hung on that cross because of what WE did, it’s because of OUR sin. Do you know how much Jesus took ? God could not even look at Him because of all the dirt He took on for us. Imagine dirt covering you being smeared on Jesus while in exchange supernatural blood is showered down on you and you become refreshed & white as snow while He’s still carrying your burden of rubbish. It gave God great pleasure to carry out this plan…You were worth Jesus hanging on the cross, being spit at, shoved, pushed, ridiculed, whipped, bleeding, crying, weak, degradation…ALL of that and more. And that’s the stuff we caused. It gave Him great pleasure to put all of our sins (from the past, present, and future) on His perfect Son and break the oppressor’s rod, the yoke slamming us around. God saw Jesus’ resurrection behind His death and WE ARE WHAT HE SAW ON THE OTHER END.
I could go on and on about God’s love but it’s infinite and humanly impossible to understand all of it. I’m wrecked. The next time you hear a lie from the enemy telling you you’re not worth anything, pull out Ephesians 1 and remind him of the blood that was shed for you. Don’t you know your price is eternal ? That God sacrificed His most prized possession because you are worth EVERYTHING to Him ? God loves you and created you for more than struggle, He created you to be with Him. You’re worth more than a relationship that isn’t working out, a boy that gives you the run around, one night to get drunk, weed to hide from life’s issues, a cut on the wrist, anything you can think of you’re better than that. Ephesians 1 speaks to how much God loves all of us, how much He will fight for you, and that He DOES sacrifice. It is His pleasure to call us His own. Just accept that He loves you. This is for someone and I know it’s hard but accept that God loves you infinitely, that He will go through every barrier to get to you, you mean that much love.
Dear Heavenly Father, You who sits in high places but makes it your business to come down for the lowly, I give you thanks and honor for your mercy and undeniable love. Father God there is no one that would go to the depths of the Earth and back to it’s surface for ANYONE. You are amazing and greater than any situation and lie from the enemy that tries to attack the work of your grace. I ask that you forgive me the sins I’ve committed against You and restore me with the blood of your precious Son. Father God You said You love us, that nothing can separate us from Your perfect love. You are majestic, regal, and have the ability to change every situation. I pray that you heal the broken hearted and pick up those that have gotten weary, those who lost hope. Remind them of their worth, their purpose, that You love them Father God and change their lives forever. Father all we want is You, all we need is You, fill our gaps, come into those empty & closed off sections and enter in. Father God make your claim and be our foundation. God we love you and cannot describe the wonders of your glory. God show them you feel the pain they deal with. You said the enemy is defeated Father, build us on that truth Father God. You are our shield and You are exalted. Whew God we love you, love you, LOVE YOU…Oh Lord make Yourself prominent and mark our lives. Jesus…thank you for the blood…mmm In Jesus name I pray. Amen.