“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
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Recently a man by the name of Doug wrote his own obituary. After he died, his obituary ran in the paper exactly as he had written it. The obituary struck a chord with people and has since been shared on social media around the world. Here is the obituary in its entirety:
Yep, that’s it. Doug thought those two words provided more than enough information. Have you ever thought about what you might say if you wrote your own obituary? If writing your own obituary sounds like a daunting, if not slightly creepy exercise, fear not. God has already written one for you. Take a moment and carefully, prayerfully, read through the passage from Ephesians linked above. After your first time through the passage, read it again, but this time exchange the pronouns with your own name.
Here is a primer with the first few verses. Simply add your name in the blanks. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed ____ in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose ____ in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined _____ for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on ____ in the Beloved.
But don’t stop there; every verse in this rich passage is packed with promise and good news for you. If you have time, listen to this Sunday’s message linked above to take you deeper into this passage from Ephesians. Maybe you know someone that would be blessed by the simple act of forwarding this Think Again message, or by sharing it with your friends on Facebook.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. What are your “heavenly places”? Are you able to spend time there often?
2. As you read through all the gifts from God listed in this passage, what would you currently identify as the top three for you?
3. If you are up to it, take a shot at writing a one-paragraph obituary for yourself. No copying from Doug!
Since our second reading for the next 6 weeks will come from the amazing book of Ephesians, now would be a great time to sit down and read it straight through. It is only 6 chapters long but they are power packed chapters full of grace and truth.