And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:6 (NLT)
By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was His eternal plan, which He carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:6-21 (NLT)
My least favorite question to answer in an interview is, “What do you like to do in your free time?” I like to eat snacks, take naps and watch TV. That is what I LIKE to do. My free time quickly fills up with obligations that mock the designation free time. None of those things really matter in a job interview unless I’m applying for a position as, housekeeper, gardener or dog groomer.
I do a lot in my free time but little of it seems relevant to a job interview. I always fear that, if I begin talking about what I do in my free time, the prospective employer will consider me unfocused and rambling.
Akin to that question is the question, “What can you bring to this position?” I know that in an interview, my job is to sell myself, still it’s difficult for me to answer this question. Perhaps, it’s because I don’t want to over sell myself and make some tacit commitment to do more than I really want to do.
For the job as Lord of your life, how would God answer the question, “What do you bring to this position?”
Certainly, the Get Out of Hell Free Card is an invaluable service. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled the blood of Jesus paid the debt of sin that I couldn’t pay with my good works. (If you have never accepted that gift, do it—do it today! )
The question remains, what can God do for me, today?
Paul reveals God’s previously mysterious plan. God gives the believer an inheritance. That’s good, but it implies, once again that it’s something the believer must wait for—on the surface it seems like we are back to square one.
Christ died. Christ earned the inheritance. God’s mysterious plan is His inclusion of you and me in Christ’s inheritance. It’s an inheritance we don’t have to wait to claim.
What God Brings to the Position
God’s love—that’s what He brings to the position.
Remember God’s application—He’s not like you! His love is not wishy-washy. God’s love is not dependent on your performance. God’s love is not like your love—it’s not about what He can get out of it—it’s about what He can do for you.
How would your life be different if someone who had infinite power unconditionally loved you?
Would you experience peace? Would you be bold? Would it make you more loving? Would you want to share that with everyone around you?
You are loved—completely, fully, deeply, eternally. That is not a trivial activity—God loves you infinitely!
That love can accomplish more than you can even image—here, now and eternally.
Father, thank you for the reminder that I am loved. Help me show Your love to those around me. Teach to me act in Your love. Let me feel and understand the security Your love provides me, TODAY.