Before You Fast
Read: Ephesians 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places . . .
“I am in Christ.” Stop and ponder that for a while. Say it to yourself a few times, with varying emphasis. Savor the richness of this profound truth.
“In Christ” determines our new identity. Being in Christ not only redefines who we are, but it also supersedes all other possible definitions. Gender, culture, nationality, ethnicity, political affiliation—every label is secondary and subservient to our identity in Christ.
“In Christ” describes our spiritual position. We are united in Christ, beneficiaries of a new covenant that we did not deserve and cannot ever earn. We have legal right to claim all that is Christ’s as our own. And this inheritance is available for us today.
“In Christ” defines our current reality. All blessings of the Spirit, every good and pleasant thing he wants to bestow on us are already ours in Christ. His favor is not something we have to work for to receive.
“In Christ” recognizes our benefactor. In ourselves, we are helpless, wretched, with nothing to offer. But in Christ and only through Christ do we have life and all we need. No one who has experienced his fullness will ever choose to abide in anything or anyone else.
Pray to Know God Better
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him . . .
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know you better. I am not satisfied with only knowing about you. I desire to know you intimately. As I meditate daily on your Word, help me grow in my relationship with you so I can see you as you are, in all your fullness and glory. Show me what pleases you and what breaks your heart. Enable me to reflect your character to those around me, and may the light of your grace in my life draw others closer to you. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.