Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:4-6
“Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.” (Ephesians 1:4)
The gospel is about what God has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ; it is not about what we do for God. Reflect on the following verses:
“We love because He first loved us.” (I John 4:19)
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (I John 3:1)
“This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (I John 4:11)
Out of His love, God the Father chose us to be His children. God made the choice — “In love He predestined us to be adopted as HIs sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will” (v. 5). We were not better than other people, nor have we done anything to be worthy of God’s choice. Out of His great love and according to His good pleasure and will, He predestined us to be His adopted sons and daughters.
God chose us before the creation of the world. Before He called the universe into being, He had us in mind. We became the objects of His love before we were born — even before the world was created!
God the Father chose us in Christ. Christ is the surety, the guarantee of all, who in time, will be gathered into God’s family. Christ alone made our salvation possible through His atoning work on the cross and His glorious resurrection.
We were chosen with a purpose in mind — that we would be holy and blameless before God. God’s ultimate goal is that we become conformed to the image of His Son. On the basis of the work of Jesus Christ, we are justified — forgiven of all our sins and declared righteous and holy because Christ’s perfect righteousness has been imputed to us.
It is easy for us to get overwhelmed with life and to lose sight of the tremendous blessings God has poured out on us through His Son. When this happens, refocus, look at the One who blesses us and delight in Him. Experience His presence, His love, His grace. In Him we can find joy inexpressible and a peace that surpasses all comprehension.
Remember who you are — God chose you and adopted you into His family. You are valuable to Him and You are loved with His unconditional, unending, and sacrificial love.
Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing me to be Your son. I know there is nothing in me that is worthy of the honor of being called a child of God. Thank You for sending Jesus to redeem me and to make me holy and blameless in Your sight through His perfect righteousness that was imputed to me at my justification. Thank You for Your steadfast love that will never let me go.
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