“The Riches of Grace”
Monday, January 27.
Scripture says that Jesus chose to become poor—leaving heaven and everything that belonged to Him as God’s Son—so we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). But what does this mean for believers? Ephesians 1:3-8 describes those riches by saying we are chosen by God. Since we belong to the Lord, life has purpose, and we are eternally secure. We are Liberated. We were slaves to sin and unable to free ourselves, but Jesus broke the power of the flesh so that we might be able to obey God. We are redeemed. Jesus’ death satisfied divine justice because His perfect life met every requirement (Deut. 17:1; Romans 6:23). When we decide to trust Him, God considers our sin debt paid in full. We are united With Him. At salvation, we become God’s adopted children. We are citizens of Heaven. We receive citizenship in God’s kingdom and an inheritance that will never perish.
Many of us don’t realize we’re rich, because we think in terms of bank accounts and material possessions. But these things have no eternal value. Our real wealth is found in the spiritual blessings we’ve been given through Christ.
Memory verse: 1 Peter 1:4.
“Grace in women has more effect than beauty.” William Hazlitt