Did you know that you are the object of our Lord’s affection? Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, you have—by grace through faith—become an object of Divine Delight.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
(Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV)
Could there be any greater proof that you are the object of Divine Delight than to be one who is “accepted in the Beloved?” Think about that for a moment! You—you, a sinner who has broken God’s perfect, Holy Law more times in the last week alone than you could possibly remember or even realize—have been made acceptable in God’s sight.
To be sure, “every spiritual blessing” expands well beyond the borders of our minds. You are an object of . . .
- Divine love
- Divine mercy
- Divine grace
- Divine acceptance
- Divine affection
- Divine forgiveness
That list could stretch for pages. Spend some time in the Psalms, and you’ll see what I mean! And remember, this is about you right now, right where you are at this point in your life, you’re a sinner in need of a Savior every day. God knows the strongholds Satan has erected in life. God knows the shortcomings in your personality. God knows your sinful thoughts. God knows how you’re self-centered. God knows it all, and yet, unbelievably, you are still “accepted in the Beloved.”
The One who is the same yesterday, today, and forever never wavers from His love and commitment to you. You are accepted even when you do some things that are . . . well, UNACCEPTABLE! Let that truth set you free! You are free from past guilt . . . free from present fear . . . free from future uncertainties and doubts.
Armed with this truth, you may advance confidently in the direction God is calling you to go. Remember, God does not call the equipped; He simply equips the called. God will give you everything you need to do all He is calling you to do. And don’t forget this: God goes with you every step of the way. He goes before you, behind you, alongside of you—and, most importantly, within you.
To know that you are “accepted in the Beloved” is to know a truth that simply cannot be overcome by any lie Satan tries to sow into your life. Even those who have already passed on into glory are no more “accepted in the Beloved” than you are right now. You are His Divine Delight!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!