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Long Ago

In Soul Food on February 23, 2011 by The Spillover

Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.  -Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)

Has God brought you to a place of genuine faith and repentance, filling your heart with a desire to please Him? Do you know beyond doubt that you can trust Him, your Heavenly Father? Do you glory in the fact that He chose you worthy?

Isn’t it the most incredible feeling in the world?

Pondering the grace of God can be difficult. It’s overwhelming.

Why would He choose to save me? Or you? Why would He choose to love and rescue a creature that didn’t know how to do anything other than offend Him?

You probably have a date or a year in your memory, on which you “got saved”. This is what you tell people when they ask how long you’ve been a Christian. But God did not choose to save you on that day. The Creator of the universe chose to save you before He created the universe.

“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us”.

That’s when He chose us who were filthy and wretched, that we would become clean and righteous through Christ. Before Christ was nailed to the cross for our sins, we were chosen; God made us a part of his “unchanging plan” that has “always been to adopt us into his own family”.

His plan wasn’t just to make us clean. It was to adopt us into His own family. Ponder the implications of that. We’re not just “not going to Hell”; God made us to be a part of His family. Forever.

Why?

Seriously, why?

Because “this gave him great pleasure”.

Saving us gave Him great pleasure.

Try to let that sink in. Wow.

This is crazy, radical, reckless, and illogical.

Why should our response be any different?

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