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.
Of all my careers, the one that was the hardest was sales. After my discharge from the Navy, I landed a job in sales at a radio station that had no ratings. It was a foot-in-the-door gig for my dream career as a DJ. After two weeks, I had landed just one advertiser with zero long-term promise. It was a going out of business sale.
Fast forward thirty-seven years to the end of my radio career. When it came to a screeching halt, I decided to change professions, and again took a sales job selling Yellow Pages and online ads for AT&T. That’s when I learned the modern sales concept of bundling.
A sales bundle allegedly empowers the customer to get more services at a lower price. Actually, it’s a way for cable companies and internet marketers to extract more money from your bank account. Bundles are represented by packages with catch names like Bronze, Silver, or Gold; Basic, Intermediate, Deluxe. The bigger the package the more you pay. However, it’s cheaper than paying for each of the services individually.
Thank the Lord, He doesn’t work that way. When you received Jesus as your Savior, you were given “every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
We all get the same spiritual blessing package. Nothing is held back. You can’t earn it. You definitely can’t buy it. Even better, it’s free. God’s best cost you nothing. Jesus purchased “every spiritual blessing” for you with His precious blood.
To be blessed is to be granted favor from God. In Old Testament times, the emphasis was on material blessings bestowed upon specific individuals or groups. But in the New Testament, the focus is on spiritual blessings for all who are in Christ.
As we learn in the Beatitudes of Christ (Matthew 5:3-10), blessings come despite our current difficulties. Happiness results from believing in God’s promised salvation through Christ, and the hope of His eternal kingdom.
God’s blessings are kept and disseminated from a place of perfect security. The company’s not going to be sold. A stock market crash will have no effect. Politicians can’t change or tax your benefits. You don’t have to worry about a failed power grid or computer hacker.
Not only are your spiritual blessings completely secure, they are not subject to change. Occasionally, I get a note from my cable company letting me know they’ve changed the services in my bundle. As a result, there will be a slight adjustment to my bill. God’s blessed gifts never change, because He never changes. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
Having our spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms does not mean that they are inaccessible until we go home to be with the Lord. God is not withholding His favor for a later date. In 2 Peter 1:3 we’re reminded, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” Navigating the challenges of this inherently wicked world is a daunting task. What a blessing to know God has empowered us with everything we need to live a godly life. We are benefactors of His “glory and goodness.”
During some of the hardest times of our lives, Janet and I have often found solace in this one statement, “We still have each other.” In other words, the certainty of a loving relationship is where we find fulfillment and happiness. Even death cannot break that bond of love. Far greater than that is our relationship with the Lord. His love is unconditional, everlasting, unchangeable, and inseparable. And that’s the greatest spiritual blessing of them all.
…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Have a Blessed Day Every Day
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.