Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every blessing in Christ… He has made know to us the mystery of his will… to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfilment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
Most of us live pretty much from day to day most of the time. It’s what to eat tonight; where to go on holiday; whether we’ve done enough work for tomorrow’s meeting. And then suddenly we are faced with a bigger picture. Some crisis or shock, personal or national – even a positive one like finding out it’s triplets, or a big promotion – forces a new perspective on us, a bigger picture. Our lives, our purpose, our death, our world.
Paul is passionate about the bigger picture. We are, he says, blessed in the heavenly realms. Not just blessed here and now, and sometimes not feeling very blessed here at all. But we are chosen before the foundation of the world to be significantly part of the great drama set out in scripture. Chosen before it all began and chosen to be there when all things come together in Christ.
So, however tough it gets in the meantime, lift up your eyes and your hearts, says Paul. Lift them up above the daily worries and concerns of ordinary human life, and see the amazing blessings that are yours in Christ. In accordance with the riches of his grace and love he has chosen us to be holy and blameless, to be changed from one glory to another until we are like him, to demonstrate his character to our world and to build here and now in our work and in our relationships a foretaste of the new creation, the recreated heaven and earth, where all things are under Christ’s Lordship.
It’s not easy, but instead of living head down, bound in to this life’s small ups and downs, making do with the little blessings and the little picture, look up today and see the bigger picture.