Un-Hitching Our Joy/Peace Wagons from Anything But Jesus

  “The boundless riches of Christ…” (Eph. 3:8); “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15)

Heavenly Father, on the many things for which we’re grateful today, at the top of our list is the “indescribable gift” and “boundless riches” of the Gospel. What we need more than romance and riches, breath and bread, an everybody-happy-family and no more relational-pain… you have freely given us in Jesus.

Though we’d (wrongly) settle for “Little House on the Prairie,” you have given us citizenship in heaven, intimate relationship with yourself, and an amazing grace-family of brothers and sisters in Jesus.

Though at times we still hitch our joy and peace-wagons to mere people, you have given us what we always wanted/needed more than anything else. Here are just 7 of a gazillion:

1. Full forgiveness. 2. Jesus’ righteousness credited to us. 3. A new heart which beats by you and for you. 4. All the legal rights and personal delights that come with being your adopted/beloved children. 5. The guarantee you are presently at work in all things for our good. 6. An eternity of perfect everything, won and reserved for us by Jesus (Rev. 21:1-22:6). 7. The assurance that one Day we will be completely sin-free and fully Jesus-like (1 John 3:1-3).

Oh, Father, thank you, thank you, thank you for the “indescribable gift(s)” of the Gospel. Until the Day of all-things-new, we can “know and rely on the love you have for us” (1 John 4:16). We will seek to do so this very Thursday, November 25, 2021. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.