Are you ready to unpack?
Nothing makes me come alive more than watching Jesus work in the heart of women.
Years ago one of my first teaching workshops was with women who desired to unpack the baggage they carried from childhood. This weighty baggage was affecting their relationships with their children and with those they loved.
It also messed up the way they saw themselves and the way they viewed God.
This baggage is an unwanted legacy.
There’s other kinds of baggage. Like spiritual baggage that takes place when unhealthy doctrine shapes your faith. Or when you are taught that you’ll never measure up so you just keep on trying to be good so God will accept you.
No one asks for baggage, not really. Not even those who seem to walk straight into it, pick it up, and load it up with more stuff. That’s usually the result of baggage that they’re already carrying.
Today let’s look at a different piece of luggage.
It’s not baggage at all. It’s not heavy.
It’s a beautiful, woven legacy passed from generation to generation, created and gifted by God to each of us.
Let’s see what Paul had to say about it:
Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. Ephesians 1:15-23 (NLT)
Let’s read that a few more times, but in different versions of the Bible.
Paul is reminding them of the legacy offered through Christ. It’s a legacy filled with all that they needed, and all that we need as His daughter.
Now that you’ve read this verse a few times, I want to ask a question:
Why do we carry around the old when God desires to give us new?
A new name.
A new identity.
A new way of thinking.
Maybe it’s because we’ve never truly understood our legacy.
All this week we’ll unpack these nine verses to better understand our legacy, but today we’ll begin with just three.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you. . . remembering you in my prayers.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Take out your journal. Write down these three verses and place your name in it, just like last week.
- Name one piece of baggage you’ve carried that doesn’t line up with your legacy as a much loved daughter of God.
- Ask God to help you to begin to unpack the old.
- Name one new legacy you desire to embrace.
Oh Lord, enlighten our hearts. Let us glimpse into this legacy and embrace these gifts as our own. Some of us have carrying baggage that is heavy and messy and it’s not ours to carry. Will you help us begin to unpack to make room for the new?
Share your thoughts in your journal and on this blog. Let’s encourage each other. Let’s pray for each other.
Journal, journal, journal. One day you’ll look back at these words and see a pivotal crossroad where you took a turn into deeper faith.
Hey friends, did you download the free gift offered at the beginning of this study? Today would be a great day to do that if you haven’t. These scriptures help you live free in areas where the enemy wants to pile up baggage.