In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.” vss. 13-14Ephesians 1:11-14
As we observe the lives of fellow saints and sinners in our congregations, we are often touched by the serenity and peace that accompanies some as they face the trials of our day. There’s an air of confidence about them, and an unwavering devotion to the good news. They know where they’ve been and they know where they’re going, and nothing is going to shake them in their daily walk. It isn’t that they’re any better than anyone else, but they do know that they have been marked with the cross of Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and that their future is secure. They are God’s own people, and their inheritance has already been revealed to them. How is it that some folks have this confidence while others don’t? To some extent it’s a gift from God, but it also has a strong connection to trust. They simply believe the promises that are a part of our common heritage! They’ve put their confidence in God, and not in themselves, and are looking forward to the full revelation of their inheritance. It’s a good way to live–and a wonderful thing to see.
Thought for the Day: Who do I know that lives like this?