‘YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ME!’
I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. Romans 15:29
The word ‘blessing’ has been thrown around so much in our Christian culture that it may as well be a common word like shoe or house. Yet, what it really means is this ~ something miraculous has happened to me. I should use the word in conversation and then follow it up with, “You won’t believe what’s happened to me!” Paul is going to come to Rome in the fullness of blessing. What does that look like for him or for me? Blessing is based on unbelievable realities. I’ve chosen three.
- 1. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs.” Rom. 8:17 What is the announcement? “You won’t believe what’s happened to me. I’ve just inherited a fortune and become an heir, equal in wealth to what God gave Jesus Christ. When I die, it’s mine. My heart is bursting. I’m blessed.”
- 2. “All are yours. You are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” I Cor. 3:21-23 What is the announcement? “You won’t believe what’s happened to me. Christ, yes Christ, has claimed me to be His. And because I’m His, His Father wants me too. I’m blessed!”
- 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.” Eph. 1:3 What is the announcement? “You won’t believe what’s happened to me. God loves me and is looking for ways to give gifts to me that I couldn’t possibly buy, nor have I earned. It’s just too good to be true and I had to share the news with you.”
The wonderful thing about being blessed is that my blessing can’t be stolen. It’s mine no matter how well or how poorly my day is going. It’s mine no matter how badly I mess up. The love is dependable, constant, and secure. Why don’t I walk around with a feeling of fullness in my heart? Probably because at some level, I don’t really believe God. I’m living more in the cursed state of this world and the brokenness of past relationships. May it not be.
I’m looking up. Everything I want is already in You. Amen