Ephesians 1:11 – 12 “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful peasant girl. She was born into poverty, and spent her days doing slave labor for her evil master. She was dirty and filthy and worn out. One day, a handsome King spotted her in the village. He saw beneath the smudges and grime and calloused hands – he saw her beauty and her value. So, this King decided to pluck her out of her hopeless situation. He took her home, provided a warm, sudsy bath, and made sure she had everything she needed to live a wonderful, abundant life. For the rest of her days, her presence brought great joy to the King. The End.
You have just read your very own true-to-life fairy tale. Yes, it is about you! You are the peasant who has no hope for a bright future. But the King sees you. He wants you. He chooses you for His very own, simply because your presence in His family will bring Him joy. He has provided everything you need to live an abundant life, as a privileged member of the King’s own family.
Friends, God truly has a beautiful purpose for your life. He has already planned it all out. That purpose is for you to become His child! That has been His plan from the beginning of time. When we choose to come to Him, we are simply bringing that plan to completion.
How it must break His heart to watch the people He loves, the people for whom He has such a great plan, walk away from that plan. How it must pain Him to watch them continue in their spiritual poverty and filth, when He has a room and a bath and an abundant life already waiting for them!
Have you accepted the invitation to join His family? If not, what is holding you back? Why not accept the invitation of the King, and let Him wash you and transform you into the beautiful creature He created you to be? That has been His plan for You all along. By accepting His invitation, you simply complete His purpose. Then He will begin the transformation of your soul – clothing you with peace, joy, love . . . and turning you into a true child of the King. And to have you as His child will bring Him great joy, indeed.
Dear Father, Thank You for rescuing me, adopting me, and transforming me into the person You want me to be.
Can I request the giant jacuzzi tubs with the killer jets? I have an awful lot of grime to wash off!
You are funny, Susanne! Yep, I think I need the super-duper jet-scrub, too!