Monday, December 7, 2015

Spiritual Benefits - Martin Wiles

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:5 NLT

I’ve worked in places where they were good, places where they were meager, and places where they were nonexistent. 

While a good salary will attract a person to a particular job or profession, benefits enhance the chance they’ll actually apply for the position. If my salary is good, but I have to pay an enormous monthly premium for insurance, my salary diminishes tremendously. Or if I choose not to get insurance, I have to pay my full medical cost out of pocket. I remember one prospective employer saying as she offered me a position, “I can’t offer you a good salary, but I can give you wonderful benefits.” I took the job. 

Employment benefits are nice, but spiritual benefits outweigh them. I can be set in life and lose in eternity. I can have all my medical needs met through my insurance plan and still miss heaven. 

God chooses to adopt me into his family just as an employer offers me a job and then hires me. Unless God reaches out to me, I won’t reach out to him. But when I do, there are benefits that far surpass any I’ll find in an earthly job. 

As God’s adopted child, I receive everything his Son does—and that’s everything. I’m in the already not yet stage. It’s mine; I just don’t own it outright at the moment. But it’s in the works. I also receive complete and total forgiveness for all past, present, and future sins. None will ever be charged to my account again. Christ paid for them on the cross. 

God sends his Spirit to indwell me and is with me continuously, giving me constant guidance and wisdom. Along with the Spirit, come gifts. These I’m privileged to use in service to God and others. And best of all, I have the benefit of living with God in a new heaven and on a new earth.  

Choose to enjoy the benefits God offers by becoming his child.

Prayer: Father, thank You for all the benefits we have because we have the privilege of being called Your children.

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