All Things New - 9.27.2017

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will…”

- Ephesians 1:11

During my teenage years, my family purchased an old home. Rather optimistically, we called it a “fixer-upper.” That was generous. Our new place required a lot of work. A lot.

Part of the rehab effort involved discarding entire rooms full of old furniture, papers, and other worthless junk. We rented several dumpsters, and filled them with years of accumulated stuff.

Our efforts didn’t go unrewarded though. Amidst the trash we found several treasures - money hidden in the walls, historic photos, beautiful antiques, and more. We had so much fun finding the treasures hidden in our new home.

Looking at our home from the outside, few would have guessed it contained anything worthwhile - but it did! A lot!

So it is with our lives. We’re falling apart on the outside. On the inside, we’re filled with all kinds of “junk” (hurts, lusts, guilt, shame, insecurities, fears, and more).

Today’s verse introduces us to a powerful and reassuring truth. Despite every  appearance to the contrary, our lives are now filled with incomparable riches in Jesus. In him, Paul tells us, we have obtained an inheritance. Because your life is now “hidden in Christ with God,” the treasures of his gospel are now hidden in you (Colossians 3:3).

The Apostle Paul refers to this in 2 Corinthians 4:7 when he declares that “we have this treasure in jars of clay.” Our lives, like weak and rather unremarkable jars of clay, now hold the riches of the gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4). The Spirit of God himself dwells within us as a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19).

We do not yet see these things with our eyes; that’s one reason why it’s so hard to remember and live in view of them. However, with that in mind, Paul tells us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Child of God: Today, don’t look to your appearance and circumstances to confirm your worth to God. Look to Jesus, the one whose inheritance is now also yours! He’s made you his treasure (Psalm 135:4). Reflecting on that will help make him yours!

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