“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.” (Ephesians 1:5)
When God thinks about people, He always frames those thoughts in the context of relationships and the primary context for every relationship is family. Whenever God wants to do something significant, He always starts with a family and all throughout Scripture He makes it abundantly clear we are all designed for it.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul opens by stating that God decided in advance to adopt us. It wasn’t just on a whim or because we did something He liked or that made Him proud. He decided to adopt us before we were ever on the earth and He brought us close through His Son Jesus. Some versions say He “predestined us for adoption” – our destiny has always been to be His sons and daughters. The Bible even says we are not only His children but also fellow heirs with Christ. That’s pretty powerful!
Not only that but Paul goes on to say that God wanted to do it – it gave him great pleasure. That’s the radical beauty of the Gospel of grace. While we were still sinners – His enemies no less – Christ died for us. And because we’ve been given such a gift we do not deserve and can never repay, it frees us to share that love and acceptance with others. When the Bible talks about how we recognize God’s family it always begins with the clear demonstration of this love.
Prayer: God, I thank You that You have adopted me into Your family. May I receive and love others with the same grace and love You have shown me. Amen.