30 Days of Devotions- Day 17, 2017

September 17
Rev. Brooks Pipher
Ephesians 1:4

“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
and blameless before him”

If you take a few moments now to consider the abundance of God’s love for you,
believer, in the gospel, you will, I know, be astounded. I can state this confidently
because the gospel is of infinite richness to astound, no matter how many times you’ve
read or heard of God’s very love for you.

Consider again, believer…
• God’s particular love for you from “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians
1:4).
• The Father’s overflowing love for you, enough to give his Son to go to a cross for
you (Luke 22:42).
• The Son’s true love for you, love enough to die for your past and future sin, and
he lives now in love, interceding for you (John 14:19, Romans 8:34).
• The Holy Spirit loving you enough to work in your heart for repentance and faith
when you were rebellious in trespasses and sins (John 16:13, Ephesians 2:1).

These are wonderful truths to consider! And every time I read of these things or hear
them preached, I cannot help but think “Me? Me? God did these things for me?” And
with joy, believer, I realize “Yes! For me and for you.” Suddenly our sharing the gospel
with others is put into perspective. Because we realize that it’s not the goodness of
one’s life, or the softness of one’s countenance that allows for faith in Christ, but it’s the
great working of God on a person’s behalf. As you reflect on these things, let them be
an encouragement to share the gospel of salvation by repentance and faith with all
whom you meet.