Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
This passage is packed with so much goodness: Every spiritual blessing, Adoption, Grace freely given, Redemption, forgiveness, wisdom, mystery, unity – all given out of Gods good pleasure. God gives so much and asks so little… sometimes I wonder if our human nature would appreciate His sacrifice more if we had to suffer to earn it. I was at the gym this morning, the guy opposite me had this t-shirt on that said Nothing without sacrifice…that is the way of the world. It is not the way of God, unless we mean the sacrifice of Christ. Allow God to lavish you with these gifts and wonders this week as only He can do.