Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. Ephesians 1:4-6

God’s love for us did not begin the moment we were born. God’s love has no beginning and no end. He loved us “even before he made the world”. So He was and is thinking about you and I eternally.

We were also chosen in Christ before hemade the world. Think of the implications of this. You are part of God’s eternal plan, His Plan A. You were not meant to live for eighty or so years then die and disappear from history, no. You are meant to live eternally with God in His presence. That is why He Chose us to be holy and without fault in His eyes.

Jesus’ birth, life, death, burial and resurrection were not plan B. That was the plan from the beginning to make us holy and without fault. That is the way God sees us who are in Christ.

Although at some point we choose to believe and follow Jesus as our Lord and savior, It was God who chose us and decided, well in advance of our existence on this planet that he would adopt us into his own family. He did this by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ, God’s plan A.

Why would God do this? Because “this is what He wanted to do”. Ultimately, God is in control and the God of the universe does whatever He wants. God’s purpose is supreme and He does what he wills for His pleasure and His pleasure alone. It is God’s great pleasure to love us and choose us to be in His family.

Since it is by God’s grace and for His pleasure that we, who believe in and follow Jesus Christ, we are to praise Him for the glorious grace he has poured out on us. We belong to His dear Son, Jesus because of His grace in choosing us and not because of anything we could have possibly done. We can praise God because we are the reason form His Plan A.

 

Discussion questions

If God is the one who chose us what role do we play in this choice?

What responsibilities do we have as part of His family?

If you chose to follow Christ, was it really your choice or God’s?

What about those who do not belong to Christ, whose choice is that?

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