We really enjoy someone lavishing on us. It may be a verbal thing that occurs when someone lavishes us with praises or accolades. I always get a big chuckle when my wife, Pam, receives a manicure and /or pedicure. Being one whose love language is “touch”, she comes back into our home totally relaxed. Pam enjoys being lavished with touch. When she gets a massage, her body is tranquilized and transformed into a wet noodle. Some of us may greatly enjoy being lavished with money. Others of us plan our year around luxury cruises whose staff is focused on lavishing comfort.
Here are some words associated with lavish…generous, bountiful, excessive, posh, sumptuous, gorgeous, lush, swanky, luxurious, extravagant, grand, ritzy, exuberant, plush. The flesh part of our being loves to be lavished.
So does the spiritual part of our being…Jesus’ love and grace are described as “lavish”:
- 1 John 3 “1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” We are the children of God. He has put us in a position by His Son’s death on the cross to know Him personally and be “lavished” by His “great love.”
- Ephesians 1 “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ… 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” This passage says that we have been:
- Blessed with every spiritual blessing
- Redeemed through His blood
- Forgiven of sins
- All this is in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.
However, because of our habits, hang-ups and hurts we allow our flesh to keep us from experiencing this. The Bible says that our flesh has been crucified with Christ and we are identified with His resurrection. Our identity in Him is to live in the power of His resurrection. So, “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Hebrews 12:1) and claim our identity experiencing the love and grace that He has lavished on each of us.
Let me challenge you to go back over the verses above and meditate on them asking God to make them real in your being. You have been lavished on! Now, enjoy it!