Ephesians 1:3 & 4 reads, “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, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.” How many times is blessed used in some form in these verses? The root of “bless” has to do with that which is GOOD! We do have it good. We are blessed.
These verses sight two specific gifts of which we are recipients. Mind you, these are good gifts! First, acceptance is on our label. What is the opposite of acceptance? Rejection! To experience rejection is common and the accompanying feeling of alienation and loneliness is devastating. In Jesus Christ, we are embraced by a love that never gives up on us. No matter where we are, what we are doing, or who we are the love of Christ persists.
The other gift sighted in Ephesians 3 is that God has big plans for us. “Chosen” on purpose for a redemptive purpose. We are not on this planet just to pursue comfort, control and consumption. We are to be Christ-like in all we do and say. A sacred trust is our agenda. To begin each day with gratitude and praise is our privilege.