“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son.”
This is amazing when we think of it; He chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. We need to remember that "in Christ" we are capable of dying to ourselves and being who He chose us to be. Apart from Him we are selfish and we struggle to live for His purpose for us. It says, it is how He wanted it, so we should be thankful and work on finding our strength in Jesus by learning His word and applying it to our everyday lives.
We are family and because of Jesus and the grace God gave sending Him to us while we were yet sinners, we are able to be in His family and do great things for Him. I love in John chapter 14 verse 12 what Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”
God has made it so we "do" and believe in His Son, so when we think of ourselves we should see that God takes pleasure in who we are. This makes me desire to learn even more and continue to grow so I can show my love for Him. This was a free gift because God wanted it that way. Jesus came in obedience to the Father and suffered, died, and rose again so we can go home. That was not done for His benefit but ours, so as we seek we must desire to live and believe that God's plan is for us to be together for ever as family. Amen