“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will”
In the world in which we live, one of personal inadequacy and insecurity, it is a great blessing to know that we are wanted. It is an even greater blessing to realise that we are desired not for what we can do but for the pleasure we will bring to someone by allowing them to love and bless us.
So it is with God. He wants us not as servants but as family. His purpose is to adopt us as His daughters and sons – and as “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” His will and purpose is that we should receive the fullness of everything that He has to give – and not just ‘the crumbs that might fall’ from His table. That everything will include all that He has to give of Himself – all His love, peace and joy, light and life, completeness and fulfilment, purpose and pleasure. This will find its full expression in the place that Jesus Christ is preparing for us.
There is the story of a small boy who was being teased by his fellow pupils because he was adopted. Eventually he rounded on them and said, “Your parents were saddled with you. Mine chose me!” God is not saddled with you. He has chosen you so that He can bless you.
Take time to savour the truth – and to receive it.
Thank You Father, for loving me and choosing me. Please help me to recognise, receive and respond to Your love – and to rest there. Amen.