Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 37 Day 1
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Ephesians 1: 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 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, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.
Perspective is everything. How you determine things is almost always based on where you’re standing when you observe some situation. When Paul wrote these words to the churches in Ephesus he was writing from the perspective of one who had “discovered” Jesus. Now I don’t pretend to know what transpired on the Damascus Road that day (Acts 9) but I do know that while Paul was seeing things from one perspective God was seeing them from and entirely different place. Paul expresses here the idea that God in His infinite wisdom knows who will, and who will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We can argue about it all we want to, but the question is so far beyond our understanding that we would be foolish and sinful if we ever tried to create some system by which we would attempt to determine just exactly who will or who won’t enter in.
And yet, this is exactly what the sinful heart of man has ever and always contrived to do. From the many so called “inquisitions” to the persecutions of various peoples and ideologies we have presumed much upon God’s patience and grace. I think God really is frustrated when His children fight with each other. I know nothing makes me crazier than when my children and grandchildren fight with each other over seemingly insignificant matters.
The next time you feel like “putting down” some group or person stop and think for a moment about what God may see in that person as a possible asset to His plans. Remember Paul was a Pharisee with murder in his heart. The most important words I have ever heard about someone who finally came into Jesus’ loving embrace are “…but Jesus…”.