Monday, November 26, 2012

Signed, Sealed, Delivered. I'm Yours!

If you're anything like me the title of this post generates a kind of old-school, Now and Then-type dance move and head bob that makes you wish you could karaoke it this very moment. Right? Okay, well either way I bet you can relate to how important you feel when you get a snail-mail letter (not a bill).

While catching up on my Bible study homework I read Ephesians 1:13-14 which says, "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory."

Okay, wow. There are a million analogies I could use but I'll stick to my original one (the letter). When I think about this verse, I instantly think of a letter than has been formally sealed. Like a king's official seal, or a fancy wedding invitation. 

Then, my mind wanders to the word "inheritance," and I think of a last will and testament (aka someone's will after they're gone). Then, I picture the will all sealed up in a fancy envelope waiting to be opened. Imagine for a second that you're the kid that never showed up for anything, never sent holiday cards, and was basically the black sheep of the family. There you are waiting on the will to be read. Suddenly, the document is read aloud and you realize that not only have you been included in this will, but favored. That's how we are in God's will.

Even though we're bound by sin, unable to prove our worth on our own, Christ's blood is proof of our citizenship in Heaven. All believers are sealed into God's literal will and therefore heirs to His throne by no merit of our own. If that doesn't make you want to karaoke the above song then I don't know what will!

 Here I am, signed, sealed, delivered. 
I'm yours, God.



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