Monday, September 10, 2018
Ephesians 1:3 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.
Things have changed a lot in our church from nine years ago. At that time, our current Associate Pastor was a bi-vocational Youth Pastor, working full-time at Great Harvest Bread Store. I remember early one morning, on my way to the office, I stopped there before they were open. He let me in. He had just taken his latest creation out of the oven – S’mores scones. They only made 20 of them as a test. They were filled with crushed graham crackers and chocolate chips, and oozing with melted marshmallow. He gave me a half of one to try, and it was delicious.
What would a S’mores scone be like without marshmallows? Or chocolate? Or graham crackers? Leave any one of the ingredients out and it would not be a S’mores scone.
That’s how I’m beginning to understand reconciliation. Ephesians 1 is an ingredient list for the recipe of reconciliation.
- God chose us.
- God determined to adopt us as His sons and heirs.
- God has lavishly bestowed His glorious grace on us through Jesus Christ.
- God has redeemed us.
- God has forgiven us.
- God has made His will known to us.
- God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Leave any one of the ingredients out and it could no longer be called reconciliation. Today let’s look at God’s decision to choose us to be reconciled. True reconciliation begins with the sovereign choice of the One in the right to select and pursue the ones in the wrong.
Before I stopped at the bread store, I needed gas in my car. I stopped at the station where I had just started getting my fuel back then, and I went inside to grab a cup of coffee. The first time I ever filled up at this station I went inside to meet the owner. I chose to make a connection with him. I discovered he has owned this little station for many years. I asked him his name, and every time I go there I call him by name. We started talking about the price of heating our homes, and as we somewhat lamented the costs, I noticed that he was not really complaining. I then made this statement – “I’m so glad that God has promised to supply all of our needs so we don’t need to worry. He will never leave us or forsake us.” He responded by saying, “Isn’t that the truth?” We made a connection. I told him to have a blessed day, and he told me the same, and I left.
This may be very over-simplified, but it helps me to understand and trust the loving heart of God in choosing me. He desires that none should perish in their sin, and that all should come to repentance. He has chosen to connect with me, and to give me the choice of my free will to connect with Him. As a result, we have been reconciled, which would not be possible if He had not first chosen to connect with me. Praise God!
Un-reconciled relationships probably exist in your life because you have not chosen to connect with the one who has wronged you. You have left out the first ingredient of the recipe for reconciliation. What will you do about it?