"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his w ill, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."
What a joyful passage! In just a few verses, we are presented with themes of blessing, acceptance, blamelessness, glory, and love. Not bad for a Lenten scripture reading. Perhaps the most interesting, and profound moment within these rich verses comes when we are told that we are "destined for adoption as his children." What could it mean?
I think that it's a reminder that God is God and we are who we are and that there is vast difference between us. After all, we're not very Godly. And yet God nonetheless welcomes us into His family, completely and without reservation. Jesus is God's son, and through Jesus we are welcomed as members of the best family that there is. So during this season when we remember our imperfections, there is great joy in knowing that we are nonetheless accepted, just as we are, into the Kingdom of God.