God has withheld nothing beneficial from His children. If anything is missing in our lives, it is not useful. “Every spiritual blessing,” is the way that the Lord describes it in His own words (Ephesians 1:3). He is indeed most extravagant. We rarely hear Him described in those terms, but no others accurately capture Him.
Without the grace of God life would be a dismal journey toward a miserable eternity. Escape from everlasting torment would be unavoidable. Thankfully, His grace is available and in liberal quantities. He generously grants massive amounts of it to those in His beloved Son (Eph. 1:6). Sin is indescribably destructive and mandates a radical cure. Grace is the only solution, and He is exceedingly generous with it.
Within that grace are all the blessings that our souls could ever hope for, and they are there in abundance. “Riches,” is the word that He uses (Eph. 1:7), and He bountifully extended those treasures to those of us who are in Christ. Inclusion into His family, a clean slate and treasures in heaven; all of sin’s consequences are erased by that single word: grace. He is no miser with it. It is a concept overflowing with riches, and He delivers them with a generous hand. Our mortal minds and human eyes can never see the overflowing nature of what we receive from our Lord. Extravagant? Beyond words.
It is not confined to grace. His extravagance extends to mercy, as well (Eph. 2:4). He has a wealth of it because His love is not ordinary but…you guessed it, extravagant. It is great, large, huge in fact, and He loved us with it. He loves us with an exorbitant love. The demonstration of its magnitude is seen in the sympathy that it extends to those in the clutches of transgressions, trespasses and sins. He reverses the effects. He gives life to the dead, raises them and places them to a seat of favor at His right hand because He is loaded with mercy. Now that is extravagance!
Words like “freely bestowed,” “riches” and “lavished” reveal a Father whose heart’s desire is to flood us with blessings. In a notoriously tight fisted world, His fist is extraordinarily loose. The Bible is filled from Genesis to Revelation with the notion: God is bigger than we can imagine and wants nothing more than to fill our hearts, souls, lives and eternities with good things. It is up to us whether we will accept them or not.
Call to praise: Psalm 110:1-5
His word on it: Psalm 106:7
Sermon: “The God Who Loves us”