It’s your first day in your new position. Orientation has just begun. You are so worried about doing a great job and living up to your employers’ expectations that you’re not fully focused on this part. Your immediate goal is to impress everyone and really show them what you have to offer.
First stop, the Human Resources department. The HR representative is moving pretty fast. You hear words, but you aren’t really as attentive as you should be. You are not quite catching all of the benefits available to you. “Sign here please. Sign there. Here’s your copy.”
You make a mental note to read it all later; but for now, you’re ready to jump right in to the work of it all; what you feel is most critical.
I have exciting news for you! When we accepted the offer of salvation that was made to us, we became recipients of a “Heavenly” benefits package. However, it’s not our “works” that allow us to receive them, but God’s great love for us simply because we believe.
It may not be our first day in our new position in Christ, but guess what, we will never forget or misplace the benefits that are available to us. We have God’s Word (the Bible) as our handbook to review these rewards and blessings on a daily basis. We aren’t placed here to impress God or to show Him what we have to offer. We, His children, are the intended recipients of all of Christ’s work on the cross; his death, burial, and resurrection. We get to sit back and enjoy all of the benefits upon belief in Him. Once you have received Him as your personal savior and are ready to walk this life with Him as your guide, your benefits package is initiated, and your name is logged as a beneficiary.
Romans 8:17 (NLT) says,
And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
When we said Yes Lord, we received a benefits plan filled with exciting, reliable, and unique advantages to meet our everyday needs.
Let’s review our plan received on our first day with Christ.