Although the Word of God is always relevant, there are times that my reading of it becomes stale or a bit rote. To shake things up a bit I decided to do a walk through the book of Ephesians. Yes a rather small book but I’m not going to focus on reading an entire chapter but rather giving myself time to marinate on certain verses allowing them to speak to me in fresh new ways.
A Birdseye View of Chapter 1:1-6 (The Message)
From the opening of this chapter Paul has a clear understanding that his life, his current position as an apostle were all apart of God’s plan. He was not the author of his destiny but rather he was under the authority and providence of God’s master plan.
How often do we live as if we are the orchestrator of our life plan? No matter how much disarray or disorder may be swirling around you, it’s essential that we remember N O N E of it surprises the creator. In our state of chaos, He remains calm because He knows all things. He sets the course of our lives despite our well laid out plans. And His plans and purposes prevail.
How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the and of his beloved Son. Eph 1:3-6
A Plan of Adoption
Paul goes onto describe who God’s attributes and his identity. The blessed one. The Father of Jesus Christ. This God is one who is a planner. He’s mindful. He’s focused. He’s decisive. Unlike myself who often overlook details, He had foresight to see humanity and his plan for us before He even set about installing the foundations of the earth.
He chose to adopt us. I don’t have any personal experience with adoption but I do know that in our natural families we don’t get to choose our parents and relatives. Some parents choose to stay and others walk away for many reasons.
But I’m always awed when I hear the stories of people choosing to adopt. I see sprinkles of colors mixed into a beautiful family. Through the power of choice these individuals give the gift of love, acceptance, and belonging.
How much more have God given to us by choosing to focus on us as the object of His love. His love brings us wholeness, holiness, and a brand new family.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12 (KJV)
And I will be a Father to you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. Beloved, now are we the sons of God. I John 3:1,2
Questions for Reflection
Blessed or blessing is a popular word in Christian circles. What does those words mean to you and how would you explain the blessing to someone unfamiliar with the term?
How does God’s love make us whole and holy?
What impact does natural adoption have on the life of the adoptee? And how does being an adoptee of God impact our lives?
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Linking Up With:
- Without Fault in His Eyes (lilyvalley-karen.blogspot.com)
- Grace & Peace – A study in Ephesians (bayareamomma.wordpress.com)
- Adopted through Jesus (lovingthelordblog.wordpress.com)
- I am Blessed (shatteredandbroken.com)