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Summary: Encouragement to endure

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“The Glory of the Child of God”

August 1, 2010

Ephesians 1:3-10

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.”

It was Sunday morning and Harry was off to church. He pulled out of his driveway in his new 2-seater convertible. The roof was closed because of the driving rain, but he happily headed for church. As he turned onto the main road he saw ahead of him three bedraggled figures huddled under a single umbrella at the next bus stop. One was old Mrs. Fletcher. She still insisted on going to church despite her arthritis which was always worse in wet weather. There was Dr Jones, the local GP. A year earlier Dr Jones had diagnosed a rare and dangerous disease that Harry had contracted on an overseas vacation, so Harry literally owed him his life. And the third person was Judith. Harry had had a crush on Judith for the past 6 months, ever since she joined their church, but he had never had the courage or the opportunity to ask her out.

Harry had about 3 seconds to decide what to do. There was only one spare seat. Who should he offer a ride to? What would YOU have done? Three seconds was enough for Harry to figure out what to do. He pulled over, jumped out, handed the keys to Dr Jones, helped Mrs. Fletcher into the passenger seat, then happily waved good-bye to them as he huddled close to Judith under the umbrella.

God has a plan. Over and over in His word he reveals that fact. God has a plan. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. Sometimes it seems like life is aimless confusion. Sometimes it seems like life is without rhyme or reason. But it’s not. Things are under control. God has a plan. God has a purpose.


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