In these cold winter months, my hands are so dry. I am constantly putting lotion on them to soothe the dryness. It seems that no matter how much lotion I lather them with, they soak it up immediately.
Today while doing my Bible study I soaked in the truth of the Word of God just like my dry hands have been soaking in the lotion. As I read Ephesians 1, two verses really caught my attention. Reading them once was not good enough for me. I had to go back and read them a second time so that I could really soak in what they were saying.
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. Ephesians 1:7, 8a (NIV)
As I read those verses again, the word “lavish” really stuck out to me. I know what it means but I have learned that when I look at the proper definition it helps to really bring the scripture alive to me in a new way.
“Lavish”, according to Merriam-Webster.com, means to expend or bestow with profusion. I looked up “profusion” while I was at it and it means “great quantity”.
Dictionary.com gives this definition for “lavish”, using or giving in great amounts; prodigal. It also says: to expend or give in great amounts or without limit.
We have been given redemption through the blood of Christ because of the riches of God’s grace that He LAVISHED on us. In other words, God has bestowed on us grace without limits. Let that soak in for a moment, grace without limits. There is nothing we can to that is too big for God’s grace. Knowing that truth should soothe even the weariest soul.
Another thing that caught my attention in the definition was the word “prodigal”. In the story of the prodigal son, when the father saw his son returning he ran to him and he lavished him with the best he had: the best robe, a ring, and the best food. It was a profusion of grace that was offered by the father.
The love the father had for the prodigal son is amazing but it doesn’t compare with the love our Father in heaven has for us. If you have wandered from God, He longs for you to return home like the prodigal son did. All it takes is for you to turn and take one step back. You will find God waiting with His arms wide open ready to lavish you with unlimited grace.
If you are ready to go home, take the first step. Pray and tell God you want to come home. Ask Him to forgive you for the choices you have made that caused you to wander away. Thank Him for loving you so much that He would give His son so you could have redemption.
God is waiting to lavish you with His grace; you just need to take the first step.
Kim is the creator of Heartfelt Ramblings of a Midlife Domestic goddess and is also a monthly contributor for the Whatever Girls Ministry. Websites: www.heartfeltramblings.com and www.thewhatevergirls.com