Several years ago, a friend told me about unclaimed money and how to look for it. And guess what? I found some that had my name on it!
It wasn’t a lot of money, not like a windfall inheritance from a long lost relative who remembered me in his will. But it was a nice surprise. It was like getting a check for free. Quite exciting.
As I look at the first day’s study of Armor of God, I am reminded of so many spiritual blessings I have already been given through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 1 lists many of them:
redemption, forgiveness, riches of God’s grace, included in Christ, marked by the seal of the Holy Spirit, God’s incomparable great power for me, and on and on.
But if I forget about them or don’t make the effort to access them or simply don’t believe they are for me, then I am likely to walk in defeat rather than victory. I’ll be the poorer for it.
I need a clear vision of God’s spiritual blessings, the bounty of His goodness lavished on me as a follower of Jesus. He has given me so much and I need to open my eyes. I need to believe what He says. I need to receive it all. All!
Open my eyes so I can truly see the marvelous things in your law! — Psalm 119:18, NET Bible
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people . . . –Ephesians 1:18 NIV
Remember that free money I was talking about? It took some effort on my part to get it. I had to fill out forms and mail some things in before the check came to me.
It is the same in our relationship with our Savior. He takes us just as we are but does not plan on leaving us in that place.
He has given us everything we need, grace abundant, gifts galore, and He wants us to grow in Christ. He wants us to become disciples so we then can be a discipler, helping others grow.
Is it too much trouble for me to come to Him through prayer and Bible study to learn more and access His power? Will it require too much energy to gather with fellow believers so we can learn, encourage each other, and challenge one another like iron sharpens iron? Is it just too much out of my comfort zone to open up and share with a trusted Christian friend when I struggle and when I need prayer?
I don’t think so. The gifts and blessings are there for the taking.
I need to reach out and take what is already mine. In Jesus Name.