As I read through Ephesians 1 today, I was grateful for the reminder of Who I Am – and that I am who I am because of Who He Is. All the great love God has lavished upon me isn’t because I am great, but because He is great. So that no man may boast, God saves us through grace. He didn’t want me as an after-thought, and He didn’t wait until He saw how I’d turn out before saving me; He chose me before the beginning of the world. And He adopted me to show His love, grace, and wisdom. By adopting me, He shows that He desires relationship, not religion.
I’ve been reading 1 Samuel, and one passage struck me in particular. Saul is making excuses to Samuel about why he disobeyed God’s command, saying that he kept some of the choice livestock he was supposed to destroy because he wanted to make a sacrifice to God. Samuel’s response?
“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
(1 Samuel 15:22)
To OBEY is to show that we love God. God isn’t looking for all the things we do; He’s looking for our hearts. Ephesians 1:5 tells us that our adoption into God’s family is in accordance with His pleasure. God is DELIGHTED to bring us into His family! He’s delighted to have a personal relationship with each of His children who come to Him.
There’s a passage in Deuteronomy that also reminds me that Who I Am is because of Who He Is. Chapter 7 verses 7-9 tell us that the Lord did not set His affection upon the people of Israel because they were more special than others. They weren’t a nation that was bigger, stronger, more deserving of being elected as God’s chosen people. In fact, it was quite the opposite! They were the fewest of all peoples! But it was because God LOVED them that He set them apart to be a holy nation and His treasured possession. Praise God that through the blood of Christ, I am also brought into God’s family. My salvation has nothing to do with how good I am – it’s all God’s love and grace.
So on the days when I don’t feel special, or I wonder why God’s chosen me as His daughter, or given me the privilege to be part of His Kingdom Work – I will cling to the knowledge that I am worth it to God, and He desires to spend eternity with me. Not because I am anything special, but because His love is so big that He had to pour it out and invite us into His community and family.
I am Who I Am because of Who He Is.
If my life is a river,
I hope it leads to
the ocean of God’s