"For because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be" (Romans 5:2).
Interesting, is it not, that because of our faith, which is really His faith imparted to us, He has brought us, you and me, to a place of highest privilege.
What are some of the benefits that constitute this highest privilege?
First, we are justified - considered righteous in God's sight.
Second, we are admitted into His favor and we abide there.
Third, we have the hope and prospect of even higher and richer blessings, in the fullness of His glory, when we are admitted into heaven.
Strange, then, that you and I often chafe at the bit when things become a little rough. At such time as that, I need to remind myself that I do not deserve any better. All the mercies and blessings of God are undeserved - gifts of God's grace ("God's Riches at Christ's Expense," as the apt acrostic expresses it).
What, really, is the "bottom line" of everything that happens to the believer - to you and me? After confessing that we are receiving our just deserts, we must always go back to the all-inclusive promise: "All things are working together for our good." They may not feel good, they may not seem good, they may not even be good, but they are accomplishing good in us.
TODAY'S ACTION POINT
I will meditate on the rare and high privilege that is mine as a child of God and look forward to becoming all that God wants me to be.