Ephesians 1:3-6 (NRSV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
I want to be found in Jesus. I want to have my life filled with every blessing in Christ. I will only be found holy and blameless before God in love by being in Christ. I want to know the good pleasure of God.
There is good news for me. There is good news for all! God wants us to be found in Jesus. God wants us to be filled with every blessing in Christ. God wants us to be found holy and blameless before himself in love by being in Christ. God wants us to know the good pleasure of God himself.
It is by being in Christ that we are adopted as God’s children. The grace of God is working in our lives up to the point that we believe, so we may believe. The grace of God is working in our lives after we begin to believe so we can know we are children of God. God gives his grace to us so we can be his children!
Almighty God, thank you for your grace. Being your children is wonderful! Knowing you by our being in Christ is grace. We give you praise for thinking of us before we even thought of you. May our lives be found in Christ as we continue to believe in Jesus. Amen.