I am challenged by this thought today . . .

“Christians who live like the beloved, empowered heirs that they are will lavishly spend their inheritance of grace to benefit everyone they meet.” -Charles Stanley, In Touch

Am I doing that?  Am I living like His beloved, or am I living as if still searching, longing, waiting to be loved?  How about you?  How are you spending your inheritance?  If this thought challenges you too, check out these reminders of truth . . .

“Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love him?” -James 2:5

As He says also in Hosea, “I will call those who are not my people, ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.'” -Romans 9:25

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” -Col. 3:12

Again I ask: Am I living like His beloved, or am I living as if still searching, longing, waiting to be loved?  The space makes a difference!!

Is there a space in your heart needing to be filled by the truth of this topic today?  Can I encourage you to dig deeper by reading Ephesians 1 (Yes the whole thing.  I promise it’s not long.), taking special note of the specific descriptions this passage tells you of who you are?  You may even consider personalizing verses 3-5 and 11 and 13 by inserting your name into them.  I did.  And my heart is encouraged.  Space filled.  :)

Thank you Lord for these reminders that WE ARE your beloved and no longer have to live like we are waiting to be loved.  May the way we spend our inheritance each day testify to that truth!