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15 October 2009 @ 09:43 am
Something Right  
I know that last time I said to read 1 Peter 1-2 if you could, but this morning I was led to Ephesians, so that's what I'll write about this morning.

I was once told that there is two ways to prepare a bible study or sermon. One way is to pick a verse or group of verses and talk or write about what those verses mean for us. The other way is to pick a subject and look for verses that relate to that subject. Neither way is better than the other, they just are different ways of doing it. I wonder if which way is most common for a person to use says anything about a person. See, I tend to be the one who picks a verse or chapter or several verses and I go from there. My youth pastor, on the other hand, will more often pick a subject and then take us through parts of the Bible that speak of the subject. I don't know, just a little food for the thought this morning.

Ephesians 1:4;
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight"

Now, I don't know what you're thinking after reading this, but I'm thinking that he must love us an awful lot. And not only that, he is a mastermind (a genius!) to have known and planned this all out before even created the light and the darkness. Now, you could ask, as many do, why he planned it out to this extent? Why the suffering, the hurt, the anger? It all goes back to a point I'm sure you've heard many times before: God didn't want robots. He created us to love Him, that much we know from the beginning. But to have created us and then made us love him is like created an army of mindless robots who don't know any better. Instead, he gave us a mind of our own. He knew that there would be consequences for us - and even Him, in a way - by giving us that free will, but he gave us the free will anyway. But he also knew that somewhere along the line, it would go right. The struggle between us and Him, changed almost in a moment when His Son - without crown, without sword, without anything of importance - was sent to us. We chose to revolt against him. We beat him, strung him up, laughed at him. When it was all well and done, we saw what we had done. We saw what had happened. Some realized the significance, others ignored it. But something changed. "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight." We were chosen to stand up in that moment. To repent, to know, to see. Because of this knowledge and new-found relationship, something has gone right, even when everything else seems to be going wrong.

Something you've heard too many times before?
Maybe.
Something you can never hear enough?
Probably.
Something that you should never forget?
Definitely.

So tell me:
What does this verse mean to you?
How do you see God after reading this verse?