Adopted Into God’s Family (Ephesians 1:5) #adoption

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)

As a kid, I had lots of plans.  There were plans to build underground forts, for starting our own neighborhood baseball team, of inventions, for musical grandeur and the list can go on.  Some of the plans were a success and others were not so successful. In fact some were catastrophic.  Nevertheless, I was always planning.
In the heart of God and before the beginning of time, God had a plan. It has been the same plan throughout the ages and has not changed in any way.  One phase of his plan was to adopt you and me into his family.  Today, adoptions occur through the use of an agency.  They are the intercessory between the unwanted child and those longing to have a child to love.  For you and me, Jesus was the agency.  He provided all the necessary arrangements to make the adoption a success.  He came to seek and find the unwanted children of the world who had been tossed aside by sin and Satan.  All legal requirements were met through his work on the cross and by his spirit, he called us before the judge of the universe to complete the arrangement.  When we called out to Christ by faith a judicial act by Almighty God declared us into God’s family.
Adoption is a big thing and like some of my plans had gone, not without its own problems.  Besides the price being paid for the adoption to occur, the greatest problem has been two natures.  There is the nature of God the adopting family and the nature of the adopted.  Even though I have been in God’s family for over 30 years, I still have the nature and tendency of my natural family.  Because I love him, I want to act like his family.  Therefore, I strive to yield myself as an instrument of righteous to God so that I may represent him and his family well (Romans 6:13).  My walk today has one purpose: to live like a son of God.  
No longer do I need to fear looking into the angry face of a holy God.  Instead, I get to gaze into the loving face of that same holy God.  Wow!  What a relationship!

Being In Love (Ephesians 1:4) #agape #relationship

Remember the first time that you fell in love?  Most likely you were in your teen years.  Being in love was an experience of being overcome by thoughts and feelings over a certain person.  Being away from them or without them was something unimaginable and unbearable.  Some of us even became love sick when that first romance was broken.  

“In love” what a term that is.  God uses that term as he explains to us our relationship with him.  When he chose us before the foundation of the world, he saw us in three states: holy, without blame and in love.  Our position is not a servant’s position, but instead a position of love.  Because we are holy–a sanctified position of purpose–and without blame, unblemished or faultless, there is nothing that can remove us from our “in love” position with God.  It is for this reason that Paul writes that nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39).
I wonder how much God’s heart aches when we drift away from him and begin to live our lives without thought of him?  How much hurt does he have when we allow ourselves to be drawn away by the world?  Does he hurt?  Oh yes, he does.  With tears, Jesus cried for Jerusalem and for the relationship with them that he so longed to have (Matthew 23:37).  Because of love, he hurt for them and he hurts for us.
Do you recognize this position that you already have with God or are you still striving to attain?  Rest assured, God is in love with you.

He Hath Chosen Us (Ephesians 1:4) #election #value

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Ephesians 1:4
Many people, in hopes of bringing to themselves the best possible life, purchase lottery tickets which promise to yield $200-300 million.  I refrain from such activity believing that money in that proportion would ruin my life.  But I must confess that I have sat back on many occasions and imagined what I would do with such wealth.  With it, I could have just about anything that my heart imagines.  If you had that much money what would you purchase for yourself?
God, who possesses all wealth, was in just such a position.  Before making the statement, “Let there be light”, he could have devised any plan to satisfy himself.  In eternity past, a plan had always been conceived in the heart of God.  His plan to bring the greatest pleasure to himself beyond all that he could create was to have you for himself.  You for fellowship. You for love and you for sharing all of the other things that he would create.
Why you?  Because you are a special and unique individual with something to offer God.  You were made special to satisfy the heart of God and nobody is able to take your place.  You were fearfully and wonderfully made and because of it, God’s heart swells with joy as you offer your love and affection to him.  Others may not recognize the preciousness of you, but God does.  Sadly, there are many who do not recognize how pleasing they are to God and go about in their lives striving to accomplish something to make themselves pleasing to Him.
With great wealth, you may choose to obtain a variety of items or possibilities, but God recognizes that the most valuable entity in the entire universe is you.