First class. How did I find myself with the blessings of flying first class?
I was flying to Minnesota, and I hadn’t anticipated a lesson on my identity in Christ. I had bought a normal airline ticket from Illinois to Minnesota, but when I walked down the center of the plane to my seat, someone was already there.
“I’m in 11D,” I said, apologetic but not really understanding how he could have sat in the wrong seat.
“Oh, you’re 11D!” He said. “Ok, so I’m supposed to be in first class, but I want to sit by my girlfriend. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind switching?”
Mind?? I didn’t even have to think about it. Who turns down an opportunity like that? “If you’re sure… yeah! I’ll switch.”
“Great. My seat is 3A.”
The aisle was full of people loading themselves and their carry-ons, so I kept walking toward the back of the plane. When the aisle was clear, I headed back up front. First class, really and truly.
A comfortable seat, plenty of leg room, a mini pillow and blanket set, my choice of snacks, the works. And I could have said no.
Alternative Story Endings (without the blessings)
I could have missed out on the whole first class experience.
The man could have preferred sitting in first class over sitting by his girlfriend, and never even offered the switch.
I could have told him that was very kind of him, but let’s each keep the seats we bought, and, hey, why don’t we be friends!
Also, I could have told the young man, “No, I paid for this seat and I intend to sit here, squished and uncomfortable. I did not buy a first class seat, so I will not sit in a first class seat.”
Or I could have accepted his offer but waited at the back of the plane and refused to take the seat I have been given.
Yes, I could have easily missed out on a lot.
And while I sat on the plane in my unearned seat, early in the morning, I realized just how much the whole situation reminded me of our relationship with Jesus.
Blessings in Jesus
Goodness, it was unexpected and comfortable to stretch out on the plane, to curl up in a small blanket and rest my head on a tiny, travel-sized pillow (which I did keep, by the way). But as I rested, I realized I was still hanging out in the back of the ‘spiritual plane’. It’s like Jesus took my seat on the plane– my space on the cross– but I’ve been clinging to my sin, not willing to walk up to first class and accept what God has bought for me with his blood.
Jesus has given me his first class seat, and although I let him take my seat and agreed to take his, I hadn’t really gone up to sit in first class.
There are things Jesus has given me that I often forget about, blessings I refuse to take. Sometimes I do just forget. Sometimes I’m simply not aware. Other times, I know full well the blessings he has promised but for some strange reason I refuse to take them. Jesus didn’t just take my place in death, he opened to me a world of life.
- Gifted me with eternal life (Romans 6:23)
- Freed me from the slave-master sin (Romans 6:6)
- Made me a part of the body of Christ, needing others and needed by others (1 Corinthians 12:27)
- Chose me (Ephesians 1:4) [Related Post: God Desires You. Do You Desire Him?]
- Took me in because of his love, and now we are inseparable (Romans 8:38-39)
- Gives me hope through pain and sufferings (Romans 5:3-4) [Related Post: Hope, and Where Paul Says to Find it]
- Forgave and redeemed me (Ephesians 1:7)
- Threw out my old, sinful self and made me a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Says that everything I need will be supplied by God (Philippians 4:19) [Related Post: Ask God, so He Can Answer: A Lesson From Narnia]
- Provides love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23)
That man gave me a far more comfortable seat than I deserved– and a spiritual epiphany.
There are far more blessings in Jesus than the 10 I listed here. In the comments, add your favorites to my list!
Thanks for stopping by!
As always, scroll way down and add your thoughts in the comments below.
Share this post by clicking the social media button of your choice.