Throughout the coming ages we will be the visible display of the infinite, limitless riches of his grace and kindness, which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:7 TPT
I recently discovered a new translation of the Bible that caught my attention for its name, The Passion Translation. According to its publisher, “[it] is a heart-level translation, from the passion of God’s heart to the passion of your heart.” This version nevertheless claims not to be a paraphrase but rather a new translation. It was equally published in separate books. Of course, I decided to give it a try. Thus, when I started reading the section “Letters from Heaven,” which includes Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Timothy, I knew I needed to have it in the form of an actual Bible. Hence, I went online and got one and so far I’m falling in love with it. Besides, I decided to do my devotional time with it. The language is poetic and at the same time makes you feel as if the words printed in black were explicitly written with you in mind.
I, therefore, want to share with you some thoughts that the Holy Spirit highlighted as I was reading Ephesians 2:1-10. Recall that chapter two launches us into a reality we shall never forget, and should always walk with; we’ve been filled with God’s fullness. Of course, God was the one who ignited life in us when we were dead in our sins and transgressions. Therefore, in His limitless love God reaches out to us, and he doesn’t only gave us new life, but He pours compassion and mercy on us.
The Apostle Paul commences verse seven with a bold, yet sturdy and reliable proclamation: “Throughout the coming ages…” Apparently, he knew that the gospel would continue to run like fire in the ages to come. Paul had a conviction that we, the ones who once were corpses and now enjoy life, will be bearers not only of the message of hope and salvation in Christ alone; but of God’s eternal, powerful, and never changing power.
However, this reminder comes with a challenge attached to it as Paul went ahead to say that in the future “…. we will be the visible display of the infinite, limitless riches of his grace and kindness.” I must admit that this revelation shocked me because it was as if the Holy Spirit was asking me “What does your life display?” And truthfully, I was even afraid to answer the question. However, as I was going through my mind trying to formulate the proper reply to what the Holy Spirit was stirring inside of me, I realized that because I am the visible display of God’s grace, my life should portray it. Thus, the big questions I asked myself were; is my life depicting what the active power of God in my life looks like? Is my life a Technicolor sketch of what God’s grace towards people should be? How I react towards someone else’s offences and needs delineates the kindness that allegedly I allow the Holy Spirit to produce in me as the direct result being filled with his presence?
God’s riches are not only infinite but limitless thereby implying that His grace knows no end. It is said that God’s grace is and will be there available to me. This, therefore, means that His kindness knows no limit, implying His affection, tenderness, care, and favor for me knows no bound. As for the question, how well do I represent Christ in my world? The Apostle Paul was reminding the believers of Ephesus that we all are the visible display of who God is, of what He does, and of course, of how He loves humanity. Hidden beneath Paul’s manifesto to the Church in Ephesus, God’s challenge for us is to be found.
After everything said and done, the Good News remains that God’s infinite grace and limitless kindness have already been “showered upon us in Jesus Christ.” Therefore, we can always go to that fountain to be refreshed with more of His grace and kindness which knows no limits and will never run dry. , With that said, I should be able to answer these questions… What does my life display? Do I still need to go under that precious and infinite shower to be refreshed with that grace and kindness that freely flows from the Fathers’ heart?