God’s Trophies of Grace
Look at these beautiful & poetical words:
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,Ephesians 2:4-7 (NKJV)
Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
In verse 7, the Greek word for “show” literally means to give outward proof of, to demonstrate, to manifest, to point out, and to put an exhibit on display. The Passion Translation expresses it like this:
“Throughout the coming ages, we will be the visible display of the infinite riches of his grace and kindness, which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ.”
WE ARE GOD’S TROPHIES!
Throughout all eternity, God will point at each of His dear redeemed children, and say, “Look at what the riches of My grace has accomplished!”
The moment we were born again, He started His wonderful work of grace in us. Everything God does within us is all been fully provided for by Christ’s redemptive work on the Cross. Our God is fully confident that He will finish that work as long as we give Him full rights and permission to do it all in His way.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
In Psalms, there is a wonderful verse that contains both a promise and a prayer to see that promise fulfilled in our lives:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;Psalms 138:8
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
There are three parts to this verse:
- Confession: Faith comes from hearing and speaking out God’s Promises (see also 2 Cor 1:20):
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me….”
- Confidence: We have great assurance, knowing God’s patience, mercy, and His amazing covenant love. He is a faithful Promiser (see 1 Peter 4:19.):
“…Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever….”
- Consecration: Surrendered to God’s work and yielded to God’s ways, praying, “Don’t ever stop working in my life to perfect your work. Don’t spare for my crying!” (see also Jeremiah 10:23-24; Heb 12:5-11):
“…Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
See how Paul prays for the Thessalonians:
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I long to be a trophy of what the riches of Your love and grace, mercy, and kindness accomplished in me! My greatest reward is to bring You glory for all of eternity!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.