In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us…(Ephesians 1:6).
No strings, no fine print, no Columbo-style,”Uh, just one little thing…”
So how is it that we still, day after day, think we somehow have to earn this?
Are we not the silliest of creatures?
The feast is before you, Beloved. Dig in.
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace… (Ephesians 1:6).
His glorious grace
I love the sound of those words, and not just because of the alliteration.
His grace–by its very nature I could never earn it, never deserve it, never demand it. His grace simply flows out of his love, out of his goodness, out of his very nature. His grace demonstrates to all who are willing to see what a mighty, merciful God he is.
His grace brings him glory.
Today promises to be a pretty stressful day for me. I plan to hold on to this passage. I am going to remind myself–probably multiple times–that I am his because of his glorious grace.
And I will praise him today.
Care to join me, Beloved?
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will (Ephesians 1:5).
Such a huge little phrase
Guess what? God didn’t choose you grudgingly.
God didn’t say to himself, “Oy ve, what a mess this kid’s made of things. I guess I’d better take him on board…sheesh, what a pain…fine, you’re saved. Now get out of my hair!”
He knew from the beginning that he wanted you. It gives him pleasure to call you his own. Thinking of you makes him smile.
Beloved, you make the Lord of the Universe smile.
Chew on that today.
Happy Friday, Beloved.
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ…(Ephesians 1:4-5).
I tend to make things up as I go along.
I muddle along, reactive instead of proactive, trying and often failing to MacGyver my way through life.
God is not like Michael.
God had it all figured out before he pushed the “Start” button.
He had a plan. And that plan always included you.
You probably think you’re pretty special.
Happy Thursday, Beloved of God.
For he (God) chose us in him (Jesus) before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight (Ephesians 1:4).
You are the chosen one.
Well, maybe not the chosen one, but certainly a chosen one.
Before he made the world, God had you in mind.
He knew who you would be, how you would be. He saw your “We are the Champions” moments, your happy times,
your foolish choices
your many sins
your epic, seemingly endless failures.
And he loved you.
And he chose you.
Consider this: God is not bound by time, right? Past, present, future—it’s all kind of now to him. So, when he looks at you he sees you not only as you are, but as you will be.
Now, if only you could learn to see yourself as he sees you, hmm?
Happy Wednesday, Beloved.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
Think you aren’t strong enough?
Think you aren’t smart enough?
Think you aren’t rich enough?
Think you aren’t…enough?
You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Not some…not even most.
I can’t even imagine what all that means, but I’ll bet it means this much: everything you need to live the life God has called you to, He has already given you.
So what are you waiting for?
Go get ‘em, Beloved.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore (Psalm 133).
When I was little, my mom used to sing to me at bedtime. One of my favorites went like this:
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
In today’s climate, some will consider that song wildly inappropriate. “Red children? Yellow? How racist!” Others will ask, “What about brown children? Why are they left out?” None of those questions ever came into my little-kid brain. All I heard was that Jesus loved us all; all children were precious to him.
Today we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. The best way to do that? Dwell together in unity, brothers and sisters of the One who loves us all.
The oil is entirely optional.
Happy Monday, Beloved
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:2).
Have you ever considered the relationship between the words grace and peace? Paul always puts them together. Look through his letters and you will see that, in almost every case, he pairs these two words.
Go ahead and look. I’ll wait.
So why are these words so often together? And why in this order? Was Paul cutting and pasting his way through life? Perhaps, but I think unlikely. I think it more likely that these words, in this order, are the only way life works. It is only through God’s grace that we can have peace.
Seriously—apart from God’s grace, why should you have peace? You are a hopeless, pathetic lump, destined for destruction.
Feeling encouraged yet?
Ahh, but you are not apart from God’s grace, are you, Beloved? If you belong to Him, you have his grace, sufficient to all your needs. Your pathetic lumpiness has been forgiven, atoned for. You, my friend, are complete, you are whole, you are loved. You are His.
Embrace his grace, Beloved of the Father. Know his peace today.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14).
Might be tomorrow
A week from Tuesday, perhaps
I can’t tell you when he will come to break what needs breaking and heal what needs healing and rescue his Beloved.
I can only tell you that he will.
So, hold on tight
Happy Thursday, Beloved
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living(Psalm 27:13).
Someday, it will all be perfect.
Someday, our Lord will return for us, and creation will be made right.
He is at work today, too.
Keep your eyes open, Beloved. See him at work in your Wednesday.
You don’t want to miss out.
Happy Wednesday, Beloved.