"He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we would be holy and blameless before Him."
This year we're discussing who we are as believers. We're including, but going beyond the standard list one that includes "redeemed, sanctified, justified." We're being extremely practical; as in our identification today. God chose us to be holy and blameless before Him. When does "before Him" begin? Is it when we're in heaven? If so, we're good to go. We know that is our heavenly identity. But, if we look at the message of Ephesians 1:3 it tells us God's heart. We are His children - playing, working before His eyes. He sees our every success and failure. It is not pleasing to His eyes to see us living in sin. That's not what He chose for us. Think of it this way. Children are playing and you are watching. They are belittling each other, hurting one another, and acting out selfishly. It pains you. It annoys you. They know better. However, at another time those same children are being sweet and kind to one another. They are being unselfish. You sit back and watch in pleasure those children before you. Todays' few words at the end of Ephesians 1:3 are not there by happenstance. And, they cause me to pause and consider my actions and behavior before God.
Heavenly Father, would you please forgive me for the selfish, foolish ways I have often acted? It must have pained You. Help me keep in the forefront of my mind that I am living before You. Every moment, every day, it is not what other people see in me, but rather what You see. In Jesus' name, Amen.