On his last birthday, my son Bryce received more than enough gifts. In fact, weeks after the fact, there are still a few of the toys that still haven’t been taken out of their packaging. Its not that Bryce doesn’t like them, its just that he hasn’t made his way through all of the other gifts yet.

As I reflected on this abundance of gifts, I started thinking about who all of the packages came from. Interestingly, many of them were from adults who don’t’ know Bryce very well. Their only relationship with Bryce is through their memories of his mom. In other words, Bryce’s relationship with his mom is the basis of many blessings he enjoys.

Isn’t that a reflection of Christ? Certainly, our own works do not merit God’s blessings. However, when we place faith in Christ, we receive God’s blessings of salvation because of Christ’s righteousness. In other words, our relationship with Christ is the basis of the blessings we enjoy. God is pleased with His righteousness that has been placed upon us!

And, just like Bryce’s gifts, the blessings of God are abundant and overflowing!

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (I Cor. 1:30-31)