I’ve been studying the book of Ephesians lately. In fact, I’ll be reading it for the next two weeks as well. Several parts of the book have jumped out at me right from the start. One of the first is Ephesians 1:3:
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.
What’s really stood out to me about this is the word every. I tend to forget that I have everything I need in Jesus Christ. Like most people in the church, I usually think of blessings in the material sense: “God’s blessed me with a great wife,” “I’ve been blessed with a good job,” etc. I won’t dispute that those are blessings, but ultimately, the greatest blessing is found in Jesus Christ–specifically, God’s grace in adopting us through Christ (vv. 5-6).
It’s tough to remember that God has given me everything I need. I have access to all the riches of God through Christ Jesus, but I can never seem to get rid of my longings for the things of this world.