For the past few weeks, my pastor has been going through the book of Ephesians. This morning he tied part of chapter four back to this passage in chapter one:
"Even as He chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will" - Ephesians 1:4-5 (ESV).
I won't get into the predestiantion vs. free will debate that has been going on for quite a while, but I think that it is so awesome that even before God ever created the world He had already chosen which people would follow Him. And He didn't just choose us to follow Him. He adopted us. We who were chosen now have God as our Father. That is just so amazing, so incomprehensible! No other religion has something like this, and it just goes to show that God isn't some far off being who created the earth and then stepped back to watch it run. He is a personal God. He wants to have a relationship with each and every one of us.
How awesome - how convicting - is that?
I encourage all of you to remember Ephesians 1:4-5 this week. If you are struggling with your faith, this passage tells us that we have eternal security with God if we believe in Him because He chose us, adopted us. And He didn't do it because He had to. He did it "in love" (v. 4b). Think about that this week, and don't forget God's love for you.
For randomness, below is a picture I drew yesterday and colored today. It's a character from a story I've been mulling over for the past month or so. I'm not sure if she's a Mando-turned-Sith or vice-versa, but I think she looks pretty cool, personally. :D
The weapons she's got right now are a pair of double-bladed guard shotos (like Maris Brood's, but with another blade on the back), but having two blades on a shoto is probably not very practical. I'm thinking that I'll either have her have just a pair of guard shotos, or a double-bladed 'saber, or two 'sabers, but I'm not sure which one, yet.
Let me know what you think! It's probably just going to end up being one of those stories that I never get around to writing, but you never know! :D
- Edessa, signing off