I understand that not everyone cares about this whole “Jesus thing.” In fact, statistically speaking, there’s a good chance you really do not care. There’s a better chance you follow some other “religion” or just don’t care about any of them. Then again… most people that visit this site will probably already be Followers, but we’re going to forget about that.
What I am trying to get at is that the story of Jesus, redemption, and all of that other personally unimportant stuff that you learned at the Vacation Bible School your grandmother made you go to when you were 8 might not matter to you, but that truly doesn’t matter because it isn’t about you.
If you didn’t get offended and click off the page, thank you.
For those of you still here, let’s look at Ephesians 1:3-6.
3 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,4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
He did it for Him.
These verses are really interesting because in none of the sentences are you, me, or even Paul, the author, the subject of the sentence. In fact, there is not even a hint of us doing anything. God is the one acting in each sentence, and He is always doing the action upon us. We are always the direct object when God is the subject.
So God did everything on his own without help, and at first glance, it looks like He did it for us. But if you look at verses 5 and 6 again, you’ll see that God, “Predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t to just save you from your sins; instead, Christ sacrificed Himself so that God would be glorified by His great love for us. It is true that Christ’s sacrifice was only necessary because we messed up, but the redemption story isn’t for you to be happy but for God to receive the glory he rightfully deserves.
Think about your dog. (If you don’t have a dog, play along and get a dog when you finish reading this). Imagine that you just got home and your dog attacked you, had destroyed your house that day, and broke your prized peewee tee-ball trophy. Then, after brushing your furry friend off of you, you walk to the kitchen and reach to the highest shelf and pull down the dog food and all the treats. You dump out all of it for your pup and leave to get more.
You did this not because you wanted to reward your dog for being bad. You love seeing your dog happy, but you didn’t give he or she the treats and dog food for that reason either. You gave them their joy because you know your dog acts up when it’s hungry. Your dog doesn’t realize this. They just think that you love them, and that’s true. However, you also don’t want your house destroyed again. You did it for them but, more importantly, for you.
God deserves all of the attention. The entirety of the universe now, in the past, and the rest of forever has the sole purpose of giving glory to God, and that includes our path to Him.
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