4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 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 1:4

As we continue to look at the opening verses of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he continues to describe the immense blessings we have in Christ.

Loved. Chosen. Words of value and worth. Words that express intention, desire and pursuit. God looked down through history before he created the world and determined to love us. To love you and me. He looked through time and saw our missteps and mishaps and flat out rebellion against his creative design of our world and our lives and he set his sights to love us. He chose us, through the amazing mission of Jesus, that we should be holy and without fault. Not because of anything we do or don’t do, but because of what he knew the Son would do for us. The great desire of God is captured in these words.

Adopted. He knew in advance that he wanted you and me to be in his family. He wanted us close so he could pour out his love and blessings. He wanted us in His family to contribute and add value to his family. He wanted to. No one made him. No ulterior motives. He wanted us to belong. And it gave him great pleasure. To give us a family. To provide a sense of belonging. God is pleased to expand his family to include you.

Begin your prayer time today imagining how God looks upon you, with great joy and gratitude. Imagine God’s long, loving gaze upon you…

And with that image…begin your prayer.

If you struggle with God looking at you this way – tell him, and ask him to meet you in that struggle. God’s desire is that you fully grasp how much he loves you.

Pastor Linda Waldo
Spiritual Formation Pastor | New Covenant Church