SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Scripture: Ephesians 1:5-6
Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.” We see that Ephesians 1 is Paul’s testimony as to how he was able to overcome blame, shame and guilt for killing a number of people and destroying the lives of many more as he wasted the church and tried to destroy it. Each one of these Sonship Gifts was successful in eradicating all blame, shame and guilt. These gifts gave him a clear conscience whereby he could accept, believe and germinate the seed of God’s Word and bring forth perhaps the strongest of all of the apostolic ministries in Scripture. What Jesus has provided for us in the Sonship Gifts truly works. Paul is an example and this is his testimony of how he came into complete and total freedom. The first three Sonship Gifts are 100% grace manifestations in that they are all done for us in order to qualify us to be adopted into God’s Family. First, God chose us before the foundations of the earth. Second, He declared us holy, through the Blood of Christ. And third, He proclaimed us blameless. Our only response can be to thankfully accept without reservation what has been given. Acceptance of those three character traits – chosen, holy and blameless – qualify us to take a position as a family member in the Family of God! Those three gifts qualify us to be a son or daughter of the Most High. The fourth Sonship Gift is the actual gift of adoption, which is bestowed upon us and that sets the stage to agree with and receive God’s acceptance. This acceptance is critically important as a foundation for faith. So God accepts us into His Own Family and now we have to find and accept our assignment in the Family. Finding our place is discovering the fullness of the purpose for which God created us in the beginning. The Bible is not silent about God’s individual purpose for every single one of us. Scripture is very clear – we were created with a unique calling. The real battle is, will we accept our position in God’s Family and will we shoulder the purpose for which we were created?