In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14 (NIV)
I have heard it said that there are no guarantees in life. I suppose people say that because life is so fragile and uncertain. But the saying, is absolutely incorrect. How so? I know without a doubt that you love and care for me. This is guaranteed to be true. Why can you say that? You came into this world to live and die for me. You gave your life as a sacrifice for me. You paid for my sins. Your blood shed on the cross cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. Could there be any clearer demonstration of your love? Could you have done anything more for me? Could you have given me a better gift than the salvation I have in you? I think not. You made me to be righteous in God’s eyes. That is also guaranteed to be true. Why is that? You are God. Your will cannot be thwarted. Your plan cannot be denied. No, it cannot. What else is guaranteed? You have a plan for my life. I am not alone in the universe. I am not wandering around with an uncertain destiny. You didn’t just save me for heaven. You saved me so that I could be used by you in this life. You have good works prepared for me to do for you. You have a purpose for my life. How do you know this to be true? You have taken the most unlikely and differing circumstances of my life and combined them to grow and develop and lead me in ways that you have given me to serve you. I could not have anticipated or predicted or prepared for how you have made me able to serve you and bring glory to your name. You are working in and through my life without a doubt. Yes, I am. It pleases me that you know this to be true. What else is guaranteed? I have a future forever in heaven with you. I have an inheritance with you in heaven that is awaiting me. How do you know this to be true? You have filled me with your Holy Spirit. Your Holy Spirit is guarding and guiding my life. Your Holy Spirit is helping me to know and to love and to follow and serve you. Your Holy Spirit has filled my life with hope and joy both now and forever. That is true. That is right. That is good. Thank you, Lord for all you have done for me. I am all yours. Yes, you are all mine.
Lord, thank you for allowing me to hear the good news of my salvation in you. Thank you for drawing me to yourself and making me one of your own. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance in heaven with you. Amen
Key Question… How does the certainty of your inheritance in Christ give you joy in loving, following and serving Him now?
Living It Out… Joyfully love, follow and serve the Lord knowing that you have a guaranteed inheritance in heaven with Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Holy Spirit dwells in you as a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance in heaven.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you came to believe in Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you love, follow and serve the Lord knowing that your inheritance in heaven, with Him, is guaranteed.
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