Highland Presbyterian Church
May 20th , 2020
Hunkered Down Devotions
Ephesians 1:3-8 (VOICE)
3 Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One, who grants us every
spiritual blessing in these heavenly realms where we live in the Anointed—not because
of anything we have done, but because of what He has done for us. 4 God chose us to
be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world; He wanted us
to live holy lives characterized by love, free from sin, and blameless before Him. 5 He
destined us to be adopted as His children through the covenant Jesus the Anointed inaugurated in His sacrificial life. This was His pleasure and His will for us. 6 Ultimately God is the one worthy of praise for showing us His grace; He is merciful and marvelous, freely giving us these gifts in His Beloved. 7 Visualize this: His blood freely flowing down the cross, setting us free! We are forgiven for our sinful ways by the richness of His grace, 8 which He has poured all over us.
There are no more precious words in all of scripture to me than these found in Ephesians 1. In these verses Paul lays out the Good News for all of us to hear: We live in the Anointed Jesus Christ. We live in Jesus – he is the source of our life, our salvation, and all of the good things that we have.
Even more importantly, Paul follows up that bit of wisdom with this: we have this life in
Jesus, not because of anything that we have done, but because of what He (Jesus) has done for us.
We have worth and value now and in the future not because of what we can do, what
we have done, or what we have but because Jesus chose us and chose to be in a relationship
with him. This isn’t a plan B, but this is God’s original plan, from the very beginning.
That is why the word adoption is so important here. It conjures up images of parental
love – which is obviously appropriate as a way to describe God’s love for us. That isn’t a unique description of God’s love, scripture is full of images describing God’s love for us as his children.
I want to be really clear about this, there isn’t one kind of parent or one kind of family
that is better than the other. Having said that, adoptive families have one unique element –
there was always an intentional choice involved. You can’t accidentally or unintentionally become an adoptive parent. And that is the point, there can be no confusion – God chose you, on purpose, because he loves you.
Sharing God’s Love,
Prayer: As your adopted children, O God, we rest in your love and grace. Help us to
understand and appreciate your love and to share it with others. Amen.