By Elizabeth Strayer
Ephesians 2:6 (NIV)
“He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens in Christ Jesus .”
A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to a devotion and was blown away. The memory of the visual that he provided will always stay with me. Then, in a class I am taking, we were discussing our relationship with God and Jesus. The memory of the devotion came back, and I had to share with the class. I have had a vertical relationship with God and Jesus for a long time. I pray to them and look up asking for help, healing, grace, financial freedom, and for blessings for friends and myself. I ask for guidance, wisdom, and to see and know that His spirit resides in me. Although this is great and my heart is in the right place, it has been a vertical relationship, and one with a a distance involved. Well in Ephesians, it says that God raised Jesus up to heaven to sit at His right side, the place of honor and love. In Ephesians 2:6, there is a verse I never realized had so much power and would open my heart and mind to an entirely new relationship. To give you the same eye opening vision I now have through that verse, I ask you to set upthree chairs side by side. Imagine God sitting at one end. Take a moment to really see HIM in your mind’s eye. Next, imagine Jesus sitting right next to Him holding casual conversation, talking about anything and everything as a son talking to his father. Now, here is the really cool part! Imagine you, as the verse states, sitting right beside Jesus. You too can just lean over and say, “Jesus, what do you think? What would you do? How should I handle this situation?” Your relationship is horizontal, not vertical. You can talk freely and openly, and He hears you. This was a revelation to me, and I have to keep going back to that picture and telling myself, “Missy, you are seated next to Jesus and He loves you so much.” Think about it! You, too, are His favorite child.
Prayer – Daddy, Abba, thank you Lord for tearing the veil so that I can have the relationship that you long for us to have with you, for allowing us to talk freely with you and each day develop a better understanding of your heart and what your plans are for us. You have an overabundance of grace and love and it is freely given we just have to sit long enough to receive. God please help me to make the time to sit with you often and reveal in your love and Glory. In Jesus Holy name Amen.