Through the work of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Christians have been given every necessary spiritual blessing. The Apostle Paul describes this wealth in one long sentence in Ephesians 1:3-14. But the sad part is, we scarcely realize or are too ignorant of our wealth. We have been chosen by God the Father to be his spiritual children. In Christ, our sins have been forgiven, and we have been given an inheritance that this world knows nothing about. In the Holy Spirit, we have been sealed in Christ, made secure until our final redemption when we will see the Lord face-to-face. Clearly, the magnitude of these blessings escapes us, or else we would be more consistent in living for Him than we are now. That is why Paul ends Ephesians chapter one by praying for us that we might understand the meaning and magnitude of the blessings- our hope, our riches, and God’s glorious power.
Could it be that we are too easily pleased by this world’s alluring pleasures, possessions and power? C. S. Lewis in “The Weight of Glory”, wrote:
“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
During the Chinese Lunar New Year, when Chinese meet each other, they will spontaneously wish each other with phrases like: “May the New Spring Bring You Happiness,” “Wish You Success in All Matters,” “Congratulations to Your Prosperity” (Gong Xi Fa Cai)! The Chinese people are not the only ones who desire or wish for happiness, peace, and prosperity. This is a universal pursuit. Sadly many seek it at the wrong place or in the wrong way. True peace, joy and blessings can only be found in Jesus Christ who is the Way (to God), the Truth (about God) and Life (of God) (Jn. 14:6).
Let us not be satisfied with things on earth. Let us set our sights on things above where Christ is now seated at God’s right hand (Col.3:1-4).
Rev. Mark Tay