Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 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, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will…
In v.1 Paul acknowledges his calling as an apostle of Jesus Christ “by the will of God”. In v.4 he explains how God the Father “chose us in Christ”. Then in v.5 writes that God “destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ”. In each case the initiator of the relationship was God – not people. I can relate. God was certainly the one who sought me out, not the other way around.
I’m also remembering that Paul was originally named “Saul” and was not a Christian apostle but a Jewish Pharisee (religious leader) – who persecuted Christians. One can understand why many believers were initially wary of him. I would be too. And I’m sure no one was more surprised than Paul himself. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up!
Our God is full of surprises.
Today I turn 51 years old, which feels like an inflection point of sorts. I’ve been around long enough to have experienced many things in life, both personally and professionally. And it may be that my future is mostly a continuation of my current trajectory. If that’s so, I have no qualms. I have a good life, for which I’m grateful. Yet today’s passage reminds me that sometimes God intervenes and takes people in new and unexpected directions.
This morning I wonder what the Lord has in store for me. I have no idea, but I want to be open to follow wherever the Lord leads. I pray the same for you today dear sisters and brothers. Lord, let it be so. Amen.