Ephesians 1:11 says, In Christ we were chosen to be God's people. Being a Christian involves you choosing God, and God choosing you. It's a bit like getting married—the bride and groom choose each other.
1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light.
You are chosen for a purpose. The verse above says that you are chosen to be:
God has chosen you for a purpose and a plan. In general, it is to love God and to love others. I believe he also has specific things for you to do. He will reveal these to you at the right time—you just need to be ready to listen. How can you love God today? How can you love others today? What else has God chosen you to do?
We have forgiveness of sins because of God's rich grace.
God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves. His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven.
Even though humankind has been rebellious and sinful since creation, God loves us so much that he has forgiven us. It cost him dearly though—his son, Jesus, died in our place so that we could be forgiven.
It's like when your dog escapes and is caught by the ranger who takes it to the pound. You have to pay a fee to have him released. Spiritually we were stuck in the pound, but God came and paid the fee so that we could be released.
In Ephesians 1:7 Paul said, In Christ, we are made free by his blood sacrifice. He is referring to the fact that we are free from the consequence of sin, which is death. Instead we are free to spend eternity with God, because Jesus paid the price for us. Galatians 5:13-14 says, You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself." This freedom is not so that we can do anything we like, because we know God will forgive us.
Many people view Christianity as legalistic and full of rules and commandments to obey. Paul is saying there is only one rule, and that is to love others. We are free from the Old Testament rules and regulations. If you want an insight into these, take a look at the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament. We are free from the punishment we deserved—separation from God. We are free from pleasing others because we only need to please God. We are free from trying to live by the world's standards—we are simply called to love God and love others. We are free from the fear of an uncertain future because we know that we will spend eternity with God. We are free from guilt and shame, because the blood of Jesus covers all our sin.
So, be free.
Ephesians 1:5 says, And before the world was made, God decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. Before God made the world, he knew that we would sin and need rescuing. Yet he still made us—even though he knew he would need to sacrifice his Son Jesus to adopt us.
John 1:12 says, But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. All we have to do to become a child of God is to believe in him and accept him.
Romans 8:14-17 says, For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
There's a lot to unpack in these three verses but in summary:
Regardless of your earthly family, you are a child of God!
You may feel as though you are one hot mess, but the Bible says that when God looks at you, he sees you as faultless and without sin. That is because the blood of Jesus has cleansed your sin and taken it away. Ephesians 1:4 says, In Christ, he chose us before the world was made. He chose us in love to be his holy people—people who could stand before him without any fault. Other translations of the Bible say 'blameless' or 'innocent.' John the Baptist referred to Jesus as 'the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world!' in John 1:29.
Your life is like a pre-paid phone plan and sin is the data, calls and texts you make each month. When Jesus died and rose again it's like he spent a million dollars on your pre-paid plan. He died to forgive your sins even before you committed them.
We often base our identity on what the world says important, such as looks, grades, athletic ability... We should actually base our identity on who God says we are. The following verses tell us that we are loved. And not the kind of love that you have for ice cream, but the 'I love you so much I'm willing to die for you' kind of love.
God is rich in mercy, and he loved us very much.
Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us.
I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is.
You can't do anything that will make God love you more, and you can't do anything that will make him love you less. You are loved. Full stop.
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Philippians 3:20 says, But our citizenship is in heaven. This life on earth is just part of the journey. Heaven is where we really belong. Being a citizen of a country gives you special privileges such as:
Being a citizen of a country also comes with responsibilities such as:
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.