IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, NOT A RESULT OF WORKS
"…and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. "
// Ephesians 2:6-9
When Jesus died, your sins died with Him. When Christ died, you died with Him, because you were in Him when He carried you in His heart to His Cross. When both He and you died, your sins died. You died to your sins, and so did God, when Christ died on His cross.
Many of us imagine that we will have to wait until after death to live fully in blissful peace or know unending joy. But here’s the question: if you died to sin and death when Christ died, because you were in Him, then you’re already dead! Why wait until then to see those “immeasurable riches of His grace” which God, in His great kindness to us, wants to show to us? In Christ we already died and have been raised up to sit with Him, so we have access now.
When He sat down into the fullness of peace and joy, we sat down with Him, gaining full access now; there’s nothing to wait on. So, what if, right now, there’s a heap of “immeasurable riches of His grace” set beside you and I, in the invisible realm of the spirit, just waiting for us to pick up and give away to people — to give them a piece of heaven and invite them in, to join the party? So, what are we waiting on?
Don’t evangelism, church life, friendships, and family life all sound so much better to us when we think about giving pieces of heaven away in each realm of life? What are we waiting for? Notice that Paul says that God raised, seated, and saved us, already—past tense! You and I have believed in Jesus, and faith in Christ is the only qualifier to get into heaven; so what, again, are we waiting on? All we have in God is a gift given to us by Him. All of it is freely given to us, and it’s freely given away by us to others. He built the kingdom of Heaven on robust and limitless generosity.
We are already sitting with Christ, experiencing the fullness of His resurrected life. We have the privilege of not just experiencing His life for ourselves, but to be those who call others into the same experience. Grab some heavenly peace and joy, enjoy it yourself, and give it away to everyone, everyday!