Daily Devotional

Ephesians 1:13-14

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of the promise, who is a first installment of our inheritance, in regard to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory

Lately I have been thinking of the glorious future we will have awaiting us as God’s children.  I am moved by the reality that Jesus Christ paid the price of our redemption and He has given us the Holy Spirit.  This guarantees that some day we will receive the fulness of the salvation God has promised.

I don’t know about you but I am tired of seeing how sin and evil are affecting our world today.  There is a day that is coming though, when we will be loosed from the weaknesses, frailties, sin and decay that have so affected us physically and emotionally.  To this moment, we have not received all that God has promised us in our salvation.  I am so thankful that God has “redeemed” us.  This means we have been released as a result of Jesus paying our ransom through giving His life for us.  This redemption provides a complete freedom or unloosing.  Today we have been freed from the slavery of sin.  Our bodies though still bear the marks of sin but there is hope.  There is coming a day when our bodies will be completely freed from the effects of sin and will be glorified.  All this will happen to bring praise and glory to our heavenly Father.  God has designed our lives to bring Him glory.  We are the recipients of His grace.  This favor is not deserved, but is the result of the Father’s eternal plan for us.  He will bless us spiritually beyond anything we can imagine or think.

As God’s sons and daughters we are highly favored and He has “freely bestowed” His blessing on our lives.  We are truly a very special people to God and have rights and privileges that are unparalleled in God’s redemptive plan.  
 
So what does this mean to us today?  (1) Our value and worth comes as a result of who we are in Christ.  (2) Our life is to be lived in hope recognizing there is coming a day when we will be taken into the presence of the Lord as an heir of all that God possesses.  Let us live as an heir today.  Let us live as one who is truly free from the bondage of sin.  (3) Our lives should be lived as an expression of our praise and worship to God for all that He has done for us.
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