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A Weird Word with an Impactful Meaning • Sarah Leffler

Posted: August 09, 2016

Currently, I am reading through Ephesians. Well, really I just started, so I’ve only read the first chapter. Lol However, God has already used Ephesians to humble me and show me again how immeasurable and generous He is. The entire first chapter is a breath-taking picture of who God is and what He’s done—seriously, read it. The verses that drove me to renewed humbleness and thankfulness for my God are 7-8, which say, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.”

Wow, let’s unpack that bomb of truth. “In Him we have redemption” means in Christ and Christ alone we have redemption from our weak, sinful selves. It is nothing we can do on our own or with other substitutes. It’s all God. The part of these verses that almost brings me to tears is, "the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us.” The words riches and lavished paint beautiful pictures of Jesus Christ. He not only has grace, but He is rich with grace. Lavished is kind of a weird, uncommon word, so I looked it up. It means “to expend or give in great amounts or without limit.” (thanks!) Not only is God rich in grace, but he lavished it upon me, upon us. God gave His redemptive grace in a great amount and without limit to us, sinners who rejected and nailed Him to a cross. Furthermore, God didn’t just happen to lavish His saving grace upon us by chance, He did it “in all wisdom and insight.” Jesus Christ purposefully gave His saving grace to us without limit. If you need to take a second to cry right now, you can definitely do that.

What do we do with the knowledge that God bestowed unlimited, redemptive grace to us? We humbly submit to Him and serve Him with every breath in our lungs. We study His Word; we grow in Him; He is our everything. Thank God for lavishly giving his redemptive grace to you by pouring yourself into your relationship with Him and with His people, the Church.