I was meditating earlier tonight on Ephesians 1. (If you want a passage that you can dig into for the rest of your life… this is seriously the one). I was really moved by verse 4.
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love.
I have a few thoughts, besides the awe and wonder and love in my heart that God chose me.
1. I am awed by the immensity of being chosen by God. Just picked out of the crowd. I have this image of me wandering in the midst of people and probably doing something really random and odd. [Picking my nose, who knows…] Then God points and says, ‘I want her’. Unbelievable.
2. I really don’t understand holiness. I struggle to live holy and then spend most of my time in condemnation. When truly, holiness is just about being in fellowship with God. Holiness is so beautiful and wonderful. It’s not ‘I’ve got to do good.’ It’s more, the more I live like God, the closer I get to be to Him!
3. I will be holy and blameless! As Mike Bickle puts it – not because I am such a good follower but rather because I have such a good Teacher. He is the faithful one, and he has promised, that I will be holy and blameless! True, I will have a resurrected body when that happens, but that day will come! I am rejoicing to think of it. 🙂
4. It’s all about relationship. I know, that cliche gets really really annoying, but it is truth. God chose us, and he is determined that he is going to have us. In friendship, love, intimacy, relationship. He’s God, he is determined, he is all-powerful, did I mention that HE IS GOD?! Oh, and he is jealous and an all consuming fire. That is both terrifying and comforting. Like one of my favorite IHOP choruses: “Love never fails, Love always burns”
I long to be holy and he longs for me. It’s a really good combination. 🙂