3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us[b] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV).
I confess, I am as bad as anyone else. I have spent much of my life looking for the next thing. I will look for the next job, the next business to start, the next book to write, etc. This isn’t terrible. It is not exactly sinful to be ambitious or goal oriented. Some of this is how I am wired. God has made me a certain way. I have hope. I can see the potential in an idea or even in people long before someone else. I have been blessed with the ability to persevere. But, often times I am not content. When Paul talks about being content in all things, I am not that way by nature. To be content I must be intentionally striving and praying for it. To be content is a real fight.
Often times on this blog, other blogs, books, TV, social media, the focus is on why we are not where we want to be yet, and how God is going to get us there. But, maybe for once we should meditate on these words that Paul gave us, and put them into perspective.
God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. No matter how much money you have, God has made you filthy rich. No matter how much rejection you feel from your boss, your co-workers, family or friends, you are chosen. You were chosen at the cross and now have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. No matter what you do, God isn’t going anywhere. You are blessed with everything in heavenly places that you need.
So let’s lay it all down and enjoy where we are today on the way to where we are going. Praise Him for we are blessed!
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