Week 2 Devotion | Who Do You Think You Are?

4 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us[a] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:4-6

(I am currently leading Inspire Church through a study on Ephesians, and the sermon series is titled, “Who Do You Think You Are?” That is a question we have been addressing as we have journeyed through Paul’s letter. The following is a devotion taken from the message.)

One of the worst kind of feelings a person can feel is rejection. That feeling of having no worth, of being embarrassed, and having self-pity. Based on what kind of rejection, healing from that pain can be a process, taking years, even, to heal.

 

Paul writes that God has adopted us through his Son, Jesus Christ, and this, before the foundation of the world. Though rejection is a reality for many of us and the pain of it can be overwhelming at times, find hope in the truth that God wanted you even before time. 

We often have no problem accepting the fact that “Jesus died on the cross for our sins,” but we have a more difficult time embracing the reality that we have been accepted by God as his children. 

I have been out of my parents’ home for 22 years. I now live 10 1/2 hours from them. I try to make it back to Georgia at least once a year but aim for twice a year. When I go home, I invade the fridge. I eat the last piece of cake. I drink the last coke. I get what I want and when I want it, without ever asking my parents if I can have it. (I guess you could say I’m a real nuisance when I go home. My older brother would definitely concur, but I digress.)
 
Not that they ever would, but if they did ask me, “Who do you think you are coming in and getting this and doing that?!” My response would simply be, “Your son.” 
 
There have been times I have brought embarrassment to my parents and have caused them to be furious. But it still doesn’t change the fact that I’m still their son and, well, they love me and always will. 
 

This is what Paul wants us to see. 

Who do you think you are?