TRANSFORMED LIFE - Week 2
Those of you on Facebook will know that there is an option to update your status with how you’re feeling. One of the options that Facebook gives is ‘feeling blessed’ and people often use it when they post a picture of someone they love, or a gift they’ve been given. The word blessed just rolls off the tongue when we’re feeling happy. Yet what Paul talks about is something much deeper and more permanent than simply feeling happy. To be blessed is to be made holy, set apart for God. Paul writes about how we can find our significance based on how God has blessed us
Paul writes that God has been blessing us since eternity past, he is currently blessing us and he will bless us into eternity, and he has done and will do this for us in 5 different ways.
We are CHOSEN
We are ADOPTED
We are FORGIVEN and FREE
We are EXPECTANT
We are SECURE
Those blessings are not about fuzzy feelings, but about absolute truths which shape us, form us and give us our identity, belonging and purpose.
We must begin by knowing that we didn’t sneak into the kingdom but that before the creation of the world, God decided that we wanted us so he planned us and made us. We come with the baggage that we pick up along the way and so we need God to forgive us, and set us free. He sent his Son to stand in the gap for us so that we could be forgiven, and to give us our lives back. In doing that he adopts us as his children. No longer slaves, but heirs of his kingdom.
And so what now that we find ourselves as planned, wanted, loved children of God? He wants us to learn to trust him, to be secure in our relationship with him and to be expectant- knowing that he can transform any situation we find ourselves in.
Only when we are able to grab hold of these eternal truths and claim them in our everyday lives will we truly begin to experience the transformed life- one which is rooted, confident and secure in Christ. That is God’s will for his children and he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing so that it can become a reality.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3