Ephesians 2:6 – 7 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
When I was a teenager, I was selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. On the last day of the conference, Mr. O’Brian himself attended a fancy banquet with all of us, and guess what? Somehow, I ended up sitting right next to the man himself. His famous role as Wyatt Earp was a little before my time, but I had done my homework. I knew I was in the presence of greatness. I was honored and fascinated to be seated with this legendary television and movie icon.
In the previous verses, Paul talked about our status as “dead people”. Just as God raised Christ from a physical death, he has raised us from a spiritual death! And one day, He will raise us with Christ, to be seated with Him in glory. We will be given seats of honor – not because we deserve such honor. God simply loves us.
I love that God raised Christ, and now we picture Him seated. Seated. It reminds me that His work here is done, and now He is resting. And one day, our work here will be done, as well. When that day comes, those of us who have known Him and loved Him and served Him in this life will be invited to sit and rest with Him.
But it doesn’t stop there. We won’t just sit with Christ. We won’t just rest with Christ. While we are seated with Christ, God is going to pull out all the stops, put on the ritz, and allow us to experience the incomparable riches of His grace. Not because we have earned such extravagance. We won’t deserve it. Rather, God just loves us, and He wants to express His kindness toward us.
Dear friends, we won’t experience the fullness of that grace until we are one day seated with Christ. But that doesn’t mean we can’t experience part of it, right here and right now! When we choose to accept the gift of real life that God offers to us through Christ, our inheritance as children of the Most High God kicks into action! Our lives here may not be perfect, but we have access to His peace. We may have struggles, but we will have joy for the journey. We may experience difficult people and situations, but we will also have the overwhelming love, kindness and support of our Father. When we finally get to heaven, we will be with Christ. But until then, Christ is with us.
Either way you look at it, we are in a place of honor.
Dear Father, Thank You for Your indescribable kindness and love for me.