Monday, March 7, 2011

Holy And Blameless

Reading from the Book of Ephesians 1: 4-14

4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

One of the strongest desires human beings have is to be loved, to be accepted, and to feel that they belong.  We want a sense of connection and belonging to something or someone.  We want to feel valuable.  We cannot be guaranteed of always getting that in our dealings with people, but we can get it from God.  Even though God knows everything about us, He still chooses us on purpose.  He actually picked us out on purpose to be His very own and to belong to Him.

You and I are no surprise to God.  He knew exactly what He was getting when He chose us.  God did not choose us and then become disappointed because of our inabilities.  God has hope for us, and He believes in us, and is working in us to help us be all that He has in His plan for us.

Learn to recieve God's love. Think about it, thank Him for it, and watch for the manifestation of it in your daily life.  God shows His love for us in many ways, but we often are unaware of it. God tells us we are His, and He sets forth what He wants for us, that we should know we are loved, special, and valuable and that we should be Holy and Blameless.

1 comment:

Gods Modern Day Martyr said...

Father God, Thank You that You foreordained me and planned in love to adopt me as Your own child through Christ Jesus, so that I could be to the praise of Your glorious grace, which You so freely bestowed on me in Your beloved Son. Thank You, Lord, that in You I have redemption, deliverance and salvation through Your blood, the remission of my offenses, in accordance with the riches of Your glorious favor, which You have lavished upon me in every kind of wisdom and understanding.