Blessed in the Beloved
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 ESV
“There is no one on this planet more blessed than you.”
Beth Moore spoke those words last year during a taping of “Wednesdays in the Word” for Life Today TV. At the time, I joked with a friend who attended with me. “I’ve been telling you this for months. Will you believe it now that you’ve heard it from Beth Moore?”
Somehow it seems impossible to believe, doesn’t it? Most days we don’t feel extravagantly blessed.
If that’s you, you’re not alone. I presented Beth’s statement to the ladies in my Sunday school class shortly afterward and asked if they believed it. You should’ve seen the eyes darting from my gaze, heads shaking in disagreement around the room.
I think we believe in a God of blessing. We just have trouble believing those blessings belong to us.
We easily assure others that God loves them desperately and has great things in store. But that same truth doesn’t seem to apply when we look in the mirror. We carefully guard our list of reasons that prove what our thoughts convey: most of God’s blessings aren’t meant for me.
The Apostle Paul begs to differ with you, dear one. So does the God who inspired his words.
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. Ephesians 1:3
Whether or not you feel blessed at this particular moment, if you have put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God’s Word says that you are. According to Ephesians 1:3, you have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing available to you in Christ.
Think about that truth for a minute. The God who speaks things into being has spoken blessings over your life. Already. You’re not going to be blessed someday, dear one. You are already blessed.
I have to ask, beloved. Are you living out those blessings?
I think it’s safe to say that most of us live in a present reality that falls short of who we’ve become in Christ. We don’t walk as though we’re already blessed. We live still seeking the blessing.
Paul offers the key to unlocking God’s blessings over us in verse 6:
. . . his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Just so we’re clear, Jesus is the Beloved. And what has He blessed us with? Grace. Glorious grace.
That word grace in the original Greek means, “the state of kindness and favor toward someone, often with a focus on benefit given to the object; by extension: gift, benefit . . . blessing.” (Strong’s Concordance, Greek #5485, p.1653)
You, dear one, are blessed with the favor of God—favor that gives benefit. Favor you can’t earn. Favor you already have.
Do you believe God favors you, dear one? Do you know what His favor offers you? Perhaps you should read 2 Corinthians 9:8.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Grace provides whatever we need at whatever time to succeed. And we’re swimming in it.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16
I’ll be honest with you. I have always struggled a bit with the concept of grace. This logical mind has difficulty grasping the idea that God’s love and favor doesn’t have to be earned. In fact, it can’t be. But that thought doesn’t sit quite right under the umbrella of reason.
And yet, that’s what scripture claims. For God so loves, that He gave (John 3:16). Freely. He poured out grace that provides all sufficiency in all things at all times. And if you are His, nobody has more blessing and favor from God than you.
Whether you believe it yet or not, Christ has lavished the riches of His grace upon you “in all wisdom and insight” (Ephesians 1:7-8). That means He didn’t make a mistake speaking it over you. He thought it through. He had insight into who you are, and He chose to favor you anyway.
So how do we learn to live in that favor? How do those blessings spoken over us in the heavenly places become our new reality on this earth?
The answer actually isn’t complicated, although we do our best to make it so. You and I need to return to where we began in Christ at the moment of our salvation.
You see, one thing ushers us into the flow of grace poured out on us. Faith.
Through him [Jesus] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
Dear one, you are loved and lavished in grace. One thing alone can stop the realization of God’s favor in your life. Unbelief.
Will you see yourself as you really are and believe God for your blessing?
As always your words of truth have blessed me beyond measure. My word for the year is “Believe” and I have been struggling with anxiety. Bringing it to the throne. “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”
Thanks for the encouragement, Janis! I love that you’re approaching the throne to renew your mind to His truth. He is the source of every good gift! And He did not give you a spirit of fear…He gave you a Spirit of POWER, and love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). Ask Him to help you believe who you really are!