“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 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 1:3-6 NKJV
Ah, those childhood memories! I was not real athletic when I was a little boy. I was one of those cerebral types, better suited for reading a book than swinging a bat. From time to time I had the opportunity to play in the periodic sand lot baseball, or football game. Because of my soft-spoken, mild mannered disposition crammed into fat kid’s body, I was often chosen last to be on the team. All the strong, virile boys got chosen before me. I have found that has been a truth throughout my life. I am one that lacks the luster of those more bright and shiny. I am chosen last, if at all.
I have been passed over, time and time again. When I was young it bothered me, as I tried to fit in, to be cool, or one of the in people. There came a time when I accepted the rejection and started walking in my solitude.
When I look back at my life, I see that there was One who sought me from the earliest parts of my life. Jesus was always there, waiting. It wasnt until He captured my heart, that I finally understood. Where people passed over me and rejected me, the Lord sought me and drew me. On the day that I said yes, I felt like I was completing a process that I delayed by my reticence, or refusal to acknowledge the wooing of the Holy Spirit.
Reading the passage this morning, reminded me that my God is eternal. He knew about Bernie Lyle, before I ever existed. I have no words to express the magnitude of that truth in my life. He knew me before my beginning, He knew me in all the rejection, through all the pains I have experienced. In every season of hurt, He was waiting with a plan.
We serve a wondeful God who loves us. In these times of uncertainty, take joy in the fact that God loved you and considered you before you faced your darkest moment, your worst hurt. He knows the substance of your tomorrow before it is thought, and He is already there to receive you. He chose you before the foundation of the world. One can have great peace in that truth, and confidence to face whatever may come in the future.
Believers, we are in bleak times. The instability appears to have no end, and we can’t help but think that worse things are coming. But know this, Jesus made away for you. It was not a plan B, thrown into the mix as things have gotten out of control, but His only plan all along. You can have great peace in that. we have been adopted as sons and daughters and accepted in the beloved.
Something, I never thought I would hear in regard to me. As I grow older, I am overwhelmed by the depth of His great love. He gives me the will to go on when darkness surrounds me, and lifts me from the pit of despair. If you are in the midst of struggle, know that God is for you. He knew you from the foundation of the world.
Brothers and sisters, lets be about telling the world of this great salvation! Our world is in dire need, and time appears to be passing away. Be bold today. Share the message of Jesus, who died on the cross, was buried and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins. Tell of the power we have in the Beloved to say no to sin, to be free of the shackles, the pain and the shame. Tell of the newness of life that we have in Jesus. We are approaching zero hour, my people. May many have the joy of knowing that they have been chosen.
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