Have you ever heard a new parent talk about their child’s accomplishments? They proudly describe their first step, their areas of expertise, and the great things they’re doing in life. You see the twinkle in their eyes, and the grand posture they carry as they describe the apple of their eye. Have you been there? I am always reminded, that even though parents would do anything for their children, God loves us even more than that. (Matthew 7:11, among others) Think about the measure in which you love your kids. Now picture the measure in which God loves us–what are you picturing? Big, eh?
One of my life verses is Ephesians 1:17-23. If everyone really let that one penetrate their soul, life would be GOOD, people would be empowered. I took a couple of years and studied that verse, because it’s huge and massive and, like a Mary Poppin’s bag, full of goodness and treasures that keep coming out. So, as I was listening to Pastor Bill Johnson talk about this verse, I thought, “Oh, yeah, this is good—I love this one.” But here’s the thing about truth: there are so many layers of depth, that once you think you have something, God shows you something bigger, better, and knocks your socks off with deeper love than you thought possible. Have you been there?
Now I read this verse for 2 years straight, and I NEVER saw this until Pastor Bill mentioned it. You ready? Verse 18, Ephesians 1. (This is Paul praying for us to know what we have in Jesus.) He prayed that “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may KNOW what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…”
The first part of this is amazing by itself—He wants our eyes to be so filled with light that we can clearly see what He’s given us and where He’d like us to go with it! BUT, it’s the emboldened part that got me. God, the creator of the universe, wants us to know and see how rich HE is in the inheritance of US! Do you see that? When I heard Pastor Bill say something along these lines, I said, “It doesn’t say that!” I pulled over (I was driving), and opened up my bible app on my phone, read it in every translation, only to realize that it DOES in fact say that.
It says that God has a “rich and glorious inheritance in His people.” That’s you, and that’s me. Can you see His face when He thinks about what He’s getting when He inherits you? This image of Him beaming about you MUST match what it says right here—that He’s proud and excited about what He gets in you, His precious daughter or son. At first, I didn’t believe it. I thought, “How can God possibly think He has a glorious inheritance in me??” But it’s true. He’s crafted each one of us with His own hands. And? He says we are the apple of His eye (Zech 2:8), and He sings over us and rejoices over us (Zeph 3:17) like the proudest parent. Can you see that He literally is honored and excited about you? He considers YOU a rich and glorious inheritance? What God gets in YOU, He considers to be amazing and great. So good, right?
I had NO idea that little section was in there, and when I saw it for the first time, I cried! And every time I read this, I still cry! I always thought it said how great we had it, inheriting Him–which is oh so true. But it’s the other way around. How can it be? God is that good, my friends. God is the proud Parent in our lives. He is only love. Over and over, time and time again, He shows Himself to be so good. Start to believe this about yourself today. It’s in the Word, so it’s true whether you believe it or not. So you might as well agree, and let the One who’s best at love pour Himself into you. The outcome is only good when you let Goodness Himself into your life!
Lord, I am so thankful and humbled that You, the Creator of the universe, see me as Your glorious and rich inheritance. It makes me walk taller and stand stronger knowing you find such pleasure in Me. Thanks for loving me so much, with precious unconditional love that knows no end. I will bask in Your love today, and let it fill me up. This is why we’re created—to have a deep and fulfilling relationship with You. Thanks God for all of your promises, and thanks for showing me deeper facets of Your true character every day. I love you. In Jesus name, Amen.