Ephesians 1:3-8 NLT
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 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. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Reflection . . .
We are united with Christ if we believe in Him!
Even before the world, God loved us and chose us to be holy.
What does it mean to be holy?
It means, “set apart” for God’s purposes. We’ve been adopted into the family of God through Christ Jesus! This is not only exciting news for us all, it means we’ve been given great value, great purpose.
What is that value? We belong!
What is that purpose? We are bearers of God’s Grace!