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Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God always has something more for us.”
Ephesians 1:3 is a somewhat mysterious verse of Scripture. Paul says that God has blessed us with “every” spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. Seriously? All of the spiritual blessings in the heavens are ours in Christ? That seems like a lot. Actually, it seems impossible. How could this be?
Jim Peterson was the International Vice-President for the Navigators ministry. He spent much of his life helping the Navigators establish a thriving ministry presence throughout Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He was also the author of the book “Lifestyle Discipleship: The Challenge of Following Jesus in Today’s World”. In that book, Jim shared an insight that helps to explain what Paul was getting at in Ephesians 1:3. Jim wrote,
“One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the infinite opportunity for spiritual growth. But however much we have matured, there is always more beyond. It is in this that we find the adventure of living. There will always be new, unexplored dimensions of His person beckoning to us. The possibilities go off the chart.”
What Paul meant in Ephesians 1:3 is that all of heaven is ours. Someday, eventually, nothing will be hidden from us. All will be revealed, all will be understood, and we will get to experience it all. That’s true. But until then, as Jim Peterson explained, our walk with Christ is a continuous unfolding adventure of discovery and growth. And no matter how much we have learned and experienced, no matter how much we think we have matured, God always has something more for us. All the mysteries and glories of life in Christ are ours, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed, but it’s more than we will ever be able to take-in and absorb in this lifetime. The completion of the adventure and the fulfillment of the discovery won’t happen until we get to heaven.
So, no matter how much you have discovered so far, there is still more waiting for you. A lot more. This is the great adventure of the Christian life. It’s an adventure of discovery as we go deeper and deeper into the mysteries of God until eventually, one day in heaven, it will all be ours.
Tomorrow we’ll look to another modern-day Christian for more insight into this adventure of going deeper and deeper into the mysteries of God. His name is Pastor Chuck Swindoll.
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