The Real Reason

I was praying from Ephesians 1 this morning and I realized afresh why so much angst.  So much anger. So much emotional fist waving…especially right at the moment by so many.  Sometimes the “angsters” would say, “I’m raising a call for freedom!”  Probably true…at least partially.

But, I would also like to say that many times the “gushings forth” is also rooted in…

The fear of loss.

That fear is detailed differently for each person.  Yours might be fear of loss of health.  Or, the loss of economic stability.  Or, the loss of physical security.  It may be all of the above and more.

My purpose in this brief article is to make a statement of truth from the scripture.  My hope is that it will have sufficient power to calm your fear and set your mind on a better track.

“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”  (Ephesians 1:13-14 ESV)

Here’s the encouragement:

We have an inheritance because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.  When I say that, I don’t simply mean, “…get saved and ya get to go to heaven instead of become a crispy critter.”  We have an inheritance of all kinds and manner of treasure. 

And guess what?  There’s a Guard at the door that ain’t nobody nor nothing getting through!  The Holy Spirit!

The last part of His statement through Paul was, “…until we acquire possession of it…”

Obviously “until” references the ultimate future date of heaven.  But, other teachings of Scripture indicate that “until” also points to a closer time here on earth.  The word “until” is full of possibility for us to ponder as the Holy Spirit speaks to us personally.  I encourage that pondering!

One thing I’m sure of is this.  There are many of us that angst over this issue and will discover one day that the things that ultimately matter the most and last the longest have been protected all along.  And just perhaps there will be more than a few sorta silly grins on our faces when we make our discoveries.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave your comment directly to my blog or in the space under the FB repost.  🙂

Gary