It was a normal day at school. I think I was in the 9th grade, and I was every bit as awkward as an ostrich. It just so happened one day that I was blessed with a red sore on the tip of my nose. As I walked into a room where some of my “friends” were they started laughing and said, “Hey, it’s Rudolph!” I was humiliated and felt like I didn’t measure up.
Have you found yourself there?
Sometimes we can really feel like we don’t measure up. Maybe you didn’t receive the approval from a person you respect, or maybe you failed in an effort that left you feeling disappointed and inadequate. Deeper still, maybe you’ve sinned and you feel like you’ve failed God.
By our very nature we are failures. Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins”. The second half of that verse is not redundant, for the word “trespass” is different from the word “sin”. A trespass is the act of willingly stepping over a boundary, but sin is the nature of man. It literally means “to miss a mark”. The Apostle Paul further describes this condition in verse 3 where he says that we “…were by nature the children of wrath…”
It gets better.
Ephesians 2:4-6 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
There is great significance in the words “in Christ”, because when we are placed in Him a lot of things happen. We are blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3), we obtain an inheritance (Eph. 1:11), we are sealed by the Holy Spirit Who is the earnest of our inheritance (Eph. 1:14), and so much more. However, I want to draw your attention to Ephesians 1:6 which says, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
A foundational understanding of who we are “in Christ” will root out those feelings of inadequacy, failure, and disappointment. If you’re like me and you experience these feelings from time to time I want to encourage you to do something. I want you to read Ephesians 1 and underline every time the words “in Christ”, “in Him”, or any other variation of the phrase is used and take note of what each instance means for your life. When you’re finished commit yourself to the Lord in prayer, get back on your horse, and enjoy the security of a child of the King who is “accepted in the beloved.”