…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6, ESV)
The last few weeks, I’ve been listening to “I Belong” by Kathryn Scott over and over again. It’s reminded me of something that seems too good to be true: I am loved and accepted by God. I am not on my own; I belong to him.
You know, God doesn’t accept us because he has to. He’s been planning on it, looking forward to it, for all eternity. These verses in Ephesians tell us that even before the world was established, the Father decided to send Jesus so that we could be adopted as his daughters. And he did it in love.
I think sometimes we forget we’ve been adopted. Even some of us who have known Jesus for years — we still live as orphans. We try to fend for ourselves or fight for ourselves. Perhaps we’re convinced that if God really knew us, if he really saw our hearts, he would reject us after all. Some us know he forgave us once, but we’re trying to earn his approval now. In short, we don’t really understand that he is our Father.
But hear his heart in Ephesians: He chose us. He adopted us. He gives us good gifts. He wants to make us whole, holy, and blameless. That’s what he’s always had on his mind. He loves us.
Last year I was part of an all-church journey focused on this very thing. There was a video we used that I’ve come back to again and again during the last year. It reminds me I have a good Father, and my home is with him forever. If you have a few moments, watch it here.
This week, let God remind you of the amazing truth: you belong to him. He’s brought you into his family — not because he had to, but because he wanted to. Because he loves you.