I have read stories of priceless antiques being used as doorstops and expensive treasures lying dormant while the owners lived in poverty. Impoverished owners of riches who did not realize the worth of their belongings.
Treasure, unrecognized, unclaimed, and unused. Sad.
I think about those stories as I read through the book of Ephesians. In my mind I can almost see the Apostle Paul running through a gathering of believers and pointing out the unclaimed riches that we have in Christ.
- the HOPE of His calling (1:18)
- the exceeding greatness of His POWER (1:19)
- the RICHES of the glory of His inheritance (1:18)
- the exceeding RICHES of His GRACE (2:7)
- PEACE (2:14)
- the unsearchable RICHES of Christ (3:8)
- the LOVE of Christ (3:19)
- the FULNESS of GOD (3:19)
I could go on.
Why do we walk around as spiritual paupers, struggling through the demands of each day? Why are prayers filled with more petitions than praise? Why do we live defeated, bemoaning our state?
Believers are children of the Heavenly King, and as Romans 8:17 states:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Today, I want to walk as a daughter of the King, relishing the riches that His redemption has bestowed on my life.
If you have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, perhaps you will join me. Take a few minutes to read the first chapter of Ephesians and rejoice in what Christ has done.
If you do not know Him, there is no better day than today to trust Him for salvation.
Romans 8: 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Ephesians 2: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Photo – Glorious Sunset, Beth Mims