Verse of the day.
…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”
Disorder brings struggle. When things are out of place, they cause an unimaginable amount of pain and chaos because we struggle to be or do one thing which can never be accomplished without some other thing(s) coming first. God is very detailed and principled. His Word is ordered such that the understanding of one thing must precede the manifestation of another, and vice versa; and so our text, as with other verses of scripture, if not arranged and understood in the proper order intended by the Writer, will remain mere words to us. We will be aware of how profound they are, but never really break into the depths God desires.
How then must we rearrange the words in the text in order to understand them properly? The easiest way? By breaking them down into truths we can identify with. Truths that liberate us and do not place a burden of requirements on us instead of making us draw nearer to God.
Where the story really begins
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
(The New Living Translation)
The above rendition of the verse provides the proper perspective which helps us see what should come first.
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ.
(The Message Bible)
Read Also: The Believer’s Confidence
Understanding that it is His Love that has set (and sustains) us on this journey, fills us with such boldness and confidence because Love never fails. God never fails. When God Himself starts a thing, you best believe He won’t stop until it attains perfection (Philippians 1:6). If you start by telling yourself, “God wants me to be holy”, you are setting the bar far too high for yourself and will most likely become discouraged at your own inconsistencies and inadequacies.
Chosen. Such a humbling word. The truth about this walk is that no one can come unless the Father draws him (John 6:44). This is humbling because it helps us realize we are not in pursuit of God because we wanted Him, but because He wanted us. He chose us and continued to draw us to Himself and is indeed still doing so.
Ever reaching, ever attaining
The truth is: He is far too high for us. We cannot attain Him, or the true knowledge of Him, or His beautiful purpose for our lives. Not on our own. With the proper perspective (the eyes of our understanding being enlightened), we become aware of all He is doing in us and all He has given us. Only then can we live up to His high calling. This doesn’t happen in one day. Not even after an extended period of praying and seeking. We keep pressing for the rest of our lives.
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Father, I thank You for choosing me in Christ; You selected me for Yourself as Your own before the foundation of the world. I will be holy, consecrated, set apart for You, purpose-driven and blameless in Your sight. In love.
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