so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
We have been exploring some wonderful truths in this Book of Ephesians. We discover that in Christ we have been brought from death to life. We have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. It is very heady stuff. If we are not careful, we can place the focus on ourselves and revel in all that we have. I want us to see something here in this verse today.
The immeasurable riches of God's grace are on display. "So that in the coming ages he MIGHT SHOW. . ." Yes, we are the recipients of God's kindness. We have received all the blessings mentioned in God's Word. But, the focus is to display for all the world, and for all ages, the glory of God! God is to be glorified. That is what is most important. Our response to what we have been given is to be of infinite gratitude. We dare not take an attitude of boasting.
Our approach to what we have been given speaks a lot about us. Let me ask you, when it comes to your worship of God, are you drawn to songs that focus on how rich you are, or songs that focus on how rich God is? Do you look to give him all glory, and recognize your absolute undeserving nature? I am concerned that some who claim to know Christ have taken some of his glory and tried to keep it for their own. This verse talks about God showing his riches. They are on display so that he would be glorified. Take a look with me into the very throne room of heaven. Revelation gives us a glimpse of real worship:
 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,  and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (ESV)
What is your response to God's immeasurable riches? Are you there before him, selfishly demanding more? Or are you bowing down before him saying, "Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."?
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