Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Eph. 1:3).
How often do you look up and marvel at the night sky? My guess is that your answer depends on what you see when you do.
Wonders upon wonders exist in the heavens but we can see only a fraction of the stars and planets. Though people have tried, there are simply too many to count. According to astronomers at Sky and Telescope magazine, roughly 9,000 stars can be viewed with the naked eye.
That number gets cut in half depending on atmospheric conditions, seasons and light pollution. The average New York City resident sees just seven stars, and the view in other places is vastly different. One year my family and I took a trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and we were stunned by the nightly display. Stars, planets, and the Milky Way were on full view. We made it a point to look up every evening.
A few years ago I taught a semester of astronomy (I’m a homeschooler) and the kids and I stargazed through our telescope every night. Viewing the stars and planets through binoculars and telescopes exponentially increases our ability to see them. Trillions of galaxies illuminate the heavens and point our attention to the One who created them.
God has given us land and waters swarming with all kinds of creatures. In the same way a loving parent creates a healthy and happy home, he’s established the perfect environment because of his immeasurable love for us.
We are a blessed people — children of the divine creator of the universe. A God who is so big he literally fills everything. But he doesn’t stop with earthly blessings. He’s also given us access to unimaginable spiritual blessings. Scripture tells us that we have access to every kind of blessing available. They originate from an unlimited and infinite God — given to us through Jesus.
In Christ, we discover we’re made for more than we can ever imagine.
Our Heavenly Father breathes life into every living thing. He has mind-blowing things in store for us, his children, when we’re open to discovery. Like the stars in the sky, He designed each one of us uniquely for his great purposes. He’s called us to light up our world for Christ and build up his body, the Church — to illuminate the mystery of more for ourselves and for others.
And here’s the really big idea: the Church is called for more because Jesus himself is more. Look at what Paul says about Jesus in Ephesians 1:22:
“God placed all things under Jesus’ feet.”
Only Jesus can fill everything in every way. Not our efforts, our strategies, our plans, our spouses, our children, our jobs, our church.
How does knowing that you have access to every kind of spiritual blessing expand your knowledge of and love for God?