Have you ever been near someone of high stature or a famous person you respect? Sometimes it is just cool to be in close physical proximity or get a personal live view of influential people.
Just by chance I was taking a break from studying during my undergrad years at UCLA. I was in the medical library located making a call from a phone booth (remember those?). Suddenly there were men in suits going up and down the hallway and a man knocked on the door and demanded me to open it and peaked in. He nodded turned and stood by the door.
As I looked out the window Jimmy Carter walked by. He was visiting John Wayne who was in the hospital being treated for cancer. It was very exciting being a few feet from the President of the United States!
In Ephesians 2:6 Paul writes: “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace expressed in his kindness to us”.
Amazingly our place as believers is being right there seated with Christ. We are literally sitting down with Jesus in the heavenly realms. That is our position and admittedly, I forget how valued we are to God and how high he elevates us all. We are given a seat next to the king for all to see.
Then later in versus 7-13 we learn who God is showing the “incomparable riches of his grace” to. The audience is: “the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms (vs 10). God is showing the Enemy that these rebellious sinners who have turned to me are my pride and joy and I am showing you how far my grace goes by showing my kindness to them.
We, the church, are the ‘trophy wives’. Not on our own, but God makes us beautiful, seats us right with him and shows us off to the Enemy by expressing his kindness to us.
We are honored, let’s make our king, our husband, proud and be the church!