For many years, the most-watched episode in every season of The Oprah Winfrey Show was “Oprah’s Favorite Things.” Usually airing around Thanksgiving, the episodes featured Oprah describing her favorite sweater or coffee maker or watch—and then giving the item away to every member of the studio audience. The total value of the “Favorite Things” gifts was estimated to be over $23 million.
The gifts that we have from God are more extensive and more expensive than anything The Oprah Winfrey Show could ever give away. We have these blessings in Christ, who paid the penalty for our sin with His own life. He was raised by God and now serves as our Advocate in heaven (see Heb. 4:14–15; 1 John 2:1). And just look in our passage today at the list of ways God is blessing us!
God chose us and made us His children through our faith in Christ. He has lavished His grace in our lives and forgiven our sins. He allows us to be part of His great eternal purpose for all of creation. He gives us wisdom, understanding, and hope. We have the message of truth, and we have the Holy Spirit to confirm that all these gifts are truly ours. We have been given “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (v. 3).
Notice how many times the word praise occurs in this text. There is no better response to these amazing gifts than to offer our praise to God. Our words and songs of praise are fitting and appropriate for the Lord who has freely given us “his glorious grace” (v. 6). And our lives should also be a tribute of praise that brings glory to God (v. 12). Truly, in Christ we are a people who are blessed.
Apply the Word
Consider how you can praise God for all His blessings. Perhaps you have a praise session in which you sing or listen to songs that glorify Him. Or you might choose to offer your gifts of volunteer labor or financial gifts to a ministry that serves underprivileged people. You could also share the message of truth with a loved one.