Every time I lead a graveside committal service I share this benediction as the concluding act. This benediction is appropriate in such a setting for it speaks of the resurrection of the dead, specifically Jesus’ resurrection. Christians are resurrection people and our lives are powered by the resurrection of our Lord. The power of God that is at work in the resurrection is also at work in us, as we await the day of our own resurrection. How does this work specifically?
First, the power of God equips us with every “good thing”. God is giving you all kinds of good things, things like a good heart, and good intentions, and good energies, and good things to think about, and good works to perform, and the really good presence of the Holy Spirit, and good spiritual gifts, and good examples to follow, and good people to be with, and a good love in your heart, and good spiritual gifts, and a whole bunch of other good things that I can’t quite think of at the moment. Can you imagine all the good things that flow into your life from God the Father? They are all coming into our life for one particular reason – to enable us to do the will of God (v.21)! These things are at work in us so we will do things pleasing to God. And our works are pleasing to God, not because they are so great, but they are pleasing “through Jesus Christ” (v.21)! Jesus takes our works and makes them pleasing to God! Amazing!
So meditate today on all the good things flowing into your life from God, and why God has given you these good things, and enter into the life that is truly pleasing to God, knowing that it is God Himself who makes our lives pleasing to Himself!
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to(1) his own glory and excellence,”
II Peter 1:3