Week 3 Devotion | Who Do You Think You Are?

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known[a] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:7-10

Where is life headed?

 

Clarence Darrow, a leading attorney in the “Scopes Monkey Trials,” compared life to a ship that is “tossed by every wave and by every wind; a ship headed to no port and no harbor, with no rudder, no compass, no pilot, simply floating for a time, then lost in the waves.” Maybe from Darrow’s point of view because we humans derive from monkeys by way of a process called chance, there is, therefore, no meaning—no purpose—in life. 

That’s certainly a depressing outlook on life, and one of the reasons it is critical to know who we are in Christ is so that we can know where history is headed and know the meaning of life! 

We understand life’s meaning when we understand who we are. 

Paul says in today’s reading that we are redeemed.  This notion of redemption carries with it the idea of one who was once imprisoned—in bondage—but is now set free because someone has been purchased. We were slaves to sin and in the shackles of condemnation and guilt. But Jesus came and purchased forgiveness by his blood. 

It was obtained at a very great cost.

Spiritually, those chains have been removed. Why, then, do we continue to put it on? We become enslaved by whatever. We have been empowered to live free from anything that entangles us. 

For many of us, those chains are worry and anxiety about the future … trying to understand where God is taking history. Things like retirement, health, longevity- What kind of world will my kids and grandkids live in?

In Romans 8:18-25, Paul also says that creation is longing for a redemption like ours. It has a longing to be set free from the curse of sin. God’s plan of redemption not only includes those who are trusting in Jesus to be their Savior and King but it also includes redeeming all of creation. 

When we know who we are—that we are redeemed—it changes our perspective that even in the midst of catastrophe and mass shootings, we know where history is going. Christ is in the process of uniting all things through his body, beginning with mankind.

In the horror of the cross, Jesus’ death didn’t make sense. But in the horror of the cross, there’s still resurrection. 

And with Christ, we know that even with the horror that happened in Las Vegas—we’re still trying to wrap our minds around that—we know that even in that horror we are able to see beyond that and know that there one day will be resurrection. 

There will be a time where there will be more no more killing and natural catastrophes because Christ is making all things new. 

There will be those who want you to forget who you are—that you are redeemed and set free from all accusations, including theirs—and if you forget who you are, you will lose perspective on the reality of what God is doing through Christ in redeeming fallen creation, as he unites all things in heaven and on earth. 

Know this and hear Peter’s words: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”  1 Peter 5:10