God isn’t finished with His assignment of addressing the message of the past couple days. As I began to read Ephesians this morning I was brought back to my unfinished business of God’s Love for us (me) and that this isn’t something I earn by doing for Him. The fact that I know this and believe it doesn’t change why I do things by the end of the day.
As Paul was addressing the people of Ephesus, he talked about God’s lavish love for His creation–man. Each one of us is chosen by God to be how He made us to be. He even gave us His Son Jesus so this creation–you and me–could stand before Him pure and spotless. This is the measure of the love He has for us. Joyce Meyer says in a footnote to say out loud–“I belong to God”. We say this not because of what we have done to earn it. We say it because God created us to be His from the start. Our relationship with Him is firm and secure through Jesus Christ having been invited into our lives.
I can’t begin to tell you in words how much I long to know this message deep within my soul! My head knows it, believes it, trusts it; but, when I walk into each day I have to be reminded of it for my actions are so often to prove worth/value.
I have read the messages of Galatians and Ephesians many, many times. Never have I had their messages–these I’m writing about, hit me so strongly. “I belong to God.” My one devotional this morning was written from Revelation 3:20-22: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” I’ve always translated this message to be one of salvation. But tying it in with the deeper message of today–I belong to God–makes me realize that each morning as I come to God in my devotional time, Jesus is waiting to come in and dine with me and me with Him. I belong to THEM–what a glorious message!