MONDAY 16TH JULY, 2018
THEME: PLEASURE OF HIS WILL
TEXT: EPHESIANS 1:3-10
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 1:5 “Having predestined us to adoption as sons
by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will”.
Adoption was a widespread practice in the old and new testaments of the bible. The legal implication of adoption was and still is that the adopted child becomes heir to the estate of the adopter. In cases where there are biological children, the adopted child becomes a co-heir with full legal status. Paul uses this custom, to which his readers can readily relate, to affirm a person’s new relationship to God when he wrote in Ephesians 1:5, “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
Our text reveals the eternal purpose of God for humanity, which is that anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour and looks to God only for his/her salvation will be made a member of God’s family. John, in his gospel account, confirms that “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” This act of God is what Christians refer to as adoption. It is an awesome privilege based on the unparalleled love of God.
Our adoption comes with many benefits. It implies that we have God as our Father in the new relationship. According to Paul in Romans 8:15, we can confidently address Him as ‘Abba Father’ which means ‘my own dear Father. Adoption gives us hope that one day we shall live and reign with Christ. Surprisingly, to many Christians one of the benefits of adoption is suffering. Paul says the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, “and if children, then heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together”
The suffering that is part of God’s will for our lives is the one we experience and endure for the sake of Christ. That is why Paul goes further in Romans 8:18 to assure us that, “the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” The full benefits of our adoption will only be realized when Jesus returns; that is when we shall be glorified with Christ. Meanwhile, do you have pleasure in being a child of God as much as God derives pleasure in having you as His child? The answer lies in how much you embrace the pleasure of God’s will.
HYMN: EMHB 249 – IN THE NAME OF JESUS
PRAYER: Abba Father, may Your will be my will, in Jesus’ name.
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