"He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves."
When I was younger, I wondered (with a grateful heart), “Why am I in this family?” Out of all the families in all history over the whole globe, why this family? I did nothing to decide on, desire or deserve them, but for reasons unknown to me, God ordained my earthly family at a time and place of His choosing.
God’s Word does tell us how and why you were placed in His family, though. First of all, you were adopted into God’s family in love, according to His pleasure and His will. In other words, He chose you because He loved you and it pleased Him to do so. You didn’t make Him want you in His family because you were cute or talented. You did not earn His love by being good. You did not desire Him because you were wise. Simply in love He adopted you freely, by His grace, His unmerited favor. Through faith in His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, you can know that glorious grace and praise Him! He sealed you with His Spirit as His own. In His love for you, He sent the One He loves for you. Praise God for His goodness!
"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him...we love because he first loved us." (1 John 4:16b, 19)
Bible In A Year
- Ezekiel 37-38
- Psalm 149
- 2 Timothy 1-2