Running Over

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” (Ephesians 1:3–8, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – “Some people think of the glass as half full; some people think of the glass as half empty; I think of the glass as too big.” — George Carlin, comedian.  Funny, but wrong.  To paraphrase another popular quote, “”You’re gonna need a bigger [cup].” — Jaws (1975). 

This has nothing to do with the so-called prosperity (health and wealth) gospel.  We are speaking about “every spiritual blessing,” that is “freely given us…in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”  In case you missed it — every, freely  and lavished.  There is no cup big enough to hold it all. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”  (Luke 6:38, NIV 1984).  

Of course there may be “worldly realm” blessings too, but these are entirely beside the point when compared with the blessings in the “spiritual realms.“Treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20, NIV 1984). 

There may be periods in our earthly pilgrimage that take us “through the valley of the shadow of death.” (Psalm 23:4, NIV 1984).  They are to be expected.  For this world is not our home.  But neither is the “valley of the shadow.” These periods do not diminish what’s in the cup, they actually add to the overflow.  

My Advice – Keep your perspective.  Focus on the spiritual.  You’ll never need to wonder if the cup is half-empty or half-full.  It’s overflowing.