“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace; by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Ephesians 4:1-6
I was recently reading Acts 13. It was the Sabbath and the Bible says that almost the whole city had gathered to hear the Gospel. The Jews however, were “filled with envy” and “opposed the things spoken by Paul.”
Then in verse 46 it says, “Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold [I like that part!] and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first, but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.”
Oh boy! Is that the height of arrogance or what?!
God determines something should be and man decides otherwise.
But that’s what we often do today. We accept His gift of eternal life, resting in His promise that had been preached by Paul the previous Sabbath that “and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39
Then we continue to wallow in shame.
“I am justified.”
“I am such a sinner.”
“Jesus made me whole.”
“I am broken.”
“I am forgiven.”
“I am so ashamed.”
Judging ourselves unworthy.
While we continue to remember the wonderful grace of Jesus, we must also remember that God loved us before He created this incredible universe.
Before He laid the foundations of the earth,
before He buckled Orion’s belt,
before He taught the morning stars to sing,
He chose you.
Before the beginning, the Lord God Almighty decided that He wanted you to be His.
He desired to make us holy and without blame.
He sent His Son to die and be resurrected in order that He might adopt us as sons and daughters, that He might “freely bestow” His grace on us.
I have accepted His amazing grace. I have been adopted into the family of God. He has called me blameless. He has taken away my shame.
I have no right to judge myself unworthy
when He has called me holy.
You see, God not only gave us the gift of salvation.
He gave us the gift of blamelessness.
“Oh most holy God, I don’t get it but you have decided to love me and to make me Yours. You have given me, not only the gift of salvation and eternal life, but have called me blameless. Help me Lord, not to insist on walking in shame, dredging up what You no longer see.”
- For more on being blameless, shame-free and holy, click here: He calls me holy…
- For the first in our series Ephesians: Paul’s letter to me…, click on the tag Ephesians to the left or start with the first devotion here: Faithful in…
- As a personal study aid, you can print or download Bible study notes here: Eph – Week 1 Chosen