April 26 | 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, in love having been predestined into adoption through Jesus Christ to him, according to his good pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace which he bestowed on us in his Beloved” (Ephesians 1:4–6)
In high school, I was last to be picked to play games. I was short, legally blind, and not athletic. By their standards I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t fit their expectations.
But God chose you to become his child. He wanted you. He looked past your history, background, sins, and everything that disqualified you. He has a bigger plan for you, to make you holy and blameless like Jesus. He plans to transform you into his child. You are qualified when he’s finished.
God lovingly predestined you to be adopted into his family. Paul doesn’t mean predestined to be saved. God chose beforehand to make you one of his sons and daughters when you committed yourself to him.
He purposes and wills for you to be adopted as his child for his glory. You are part of his plan, of what God is doing in the world. God has made you part of the biggest movement in human history, rescued from his judgment. By his grace you have been saved.
Action Step: Tell your story to someone. Show them how Jesus has saved you even though you didn’t deserve it. Just as he chose you, they can be chosen. They can be part of God’s family.
Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing me as part of your family. You showed me your grace by adopting me. You are gracious and glorious! I want to show others your grace, that you are waiting to bring them home too.