Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us. Ephesians 1:3-7
As children of God, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, and Jesus has lavished the riches of His grace upon us.
Several weeks before her grandson’s 17th birthday, his grandmother looked through the years of photographs she had taken of her grandson. She chose five photographs that depicted the wonder of life, celebration of holidays, and significant growth. She designed a card and wrote about their adventures together. She uploaded the card and ordered it to arrive before his birthday.
On the day of his birthday, she called to sing him “Happy Birthday,” but he was sleeping. She told his mother that a card awaited him. Then she texted him. He texted her that he would pick it up soon.
Now there was a history that birthday cards contained money. A week went by. The grandmother called to remind him that a card awaited him. He said that he would make the 5-minute trip to her house soon.
Another week went by. No grandson.
The gift awaited him. A gift filled with love and creativity. A gift of substance and provision. Yet, he took 2 1/2 weeks to receive the gift.
Once he received the gift, he realized the love, the time, and the love that the grandmother poured into the preparation of the card. He was touched and blessed.
I wonder how many blessings Jesus has for me that I have not taken the time to come to Him and receive?
My prayer for you:
Heavenly Father, show us the blessings that we have not taken the time to receive from You. You have lavished every spiritual blessing upon Your children, and yet, we have not reached out to You to receive the blessings and to possess them. Thank You for Your patience and the blessings that You have created for us from the foundation of the world.
What blessings are you possessing? What blessings do you need to possess?