Open the Eyes of Your Heart

cross“I pray alScreen Shot 2015-09-23 at 6.59.32 AMso that the eyes of your heart [may be full of light] in order that you may know the HOPE to which He has called you, the RICHES [of knowing Him through the Spirit] and His incomparably great POWER for us who believe.” [Ephesians 1:18-19]

Yesterday, when teaching a Bible lesson to some children, I stated, “God created us to be in relationship with him.” A grown-up asked me, “Do you really believe that? I mean, why would God want to be in relationship with me–I’m not worth it. Where does it say that in the Bible?”

“In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of His glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In Him we have redemption through his blood….” [Ephesians 1:4-6]

This is the power that raised Christ from the dead. It is the power that brings life from death. It is the power that turns dust into something that resembles the image of God. Verses 19 and 20 say, “It is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead.”

By that power, he has made us his sons and daughters to be in relationship with him.

God tells us over and over again that we are worth it. He told us what we were worth when he sent Jesus to die for us on the Cross. I am certain he created us to be in relationship with him. His down payment was the death of his Son. The standing deposit is the Spirit living in us that works on us daily, shaping and molding us.

Be encouraged today. You are worth it and you were bought at an extravagant price. God loves you and wants to be in relationship with you. Accept his grace and be part of his family. If we were perfect, we wouldn’t need grace and Christ’s death would be for nothing.

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