CHOSEN FOR HIS GLORY

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Eph. 1:5,6 – He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

God Has a plan, He has always had a plan. Redemption is not His response to man’s rebellion, the plan for redemption has been in place before He even created man. Jesus is referred to as the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. So what about this plan? What does the Lord really have up His sleeve? You can see it in today’s verse. It is a short, simple phrase that is easy to pass over if you are not paying attention. It is the phrase “to the praise of the glory of His grace”. That’s it? Absolutely. The whole purpose behind creation is to reveal His glory. From the beauty of our world, to the complex creativity seen in the human body, to the vast expanse of the universe; it all proclaims the glory of God. Redemption and election, being chosen by the Lord magnifies one of His attributes. Election magnifies the glory of His grace. Here is how Albert Barnes describes this.

“God chooses men to be holy, not sinful; to be happy, not miserable; to be pure, not impure; to be saved, not to be lost. For these things he should be praised. He should be praised that he has not left the whole race to wander away and die. Had he chosen but one to eternal life, that one should praise him, and all the holy universe should join in the praise. Should he now see it to be consistent to choose but one of the fallen spirits, and to make him pure, and to readmit him to heaven, that one spirit would have occasion for eternal thanks, and all heaven might join in his praises. How much more is praise due to him, when the number chosen is not one or a few, but when millions which no man can number, shall be found to be chosen to life.”

So your purpose is bigger than you think. It’s not about accomplishments or titles, its not about performance or influence. It is about your story, rather it is about the testimony of Jesus in your life. We were once miserable people, following our own purposes and living just for ourselves until all of that changed. We became His story the moment our eyes were opened. Now we have discovered our eternal purpose; to glorify God simply by enjoying His grace in our lives.

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