I’ve recently been getting up 15 minutes earlier than usual so that I can have time to read my Bible in the morning. It’s been awesome. I love being able to look at the clock and not be stressed about getting out the door on time. Seriously, just 15 minutes makes all the difference. (Probably because when I wake up on time I lay in bed for another 15-20 minutes wondering if I should move today, and when I wake up 15 minutes earlier, then laying in bed for those few minutes just makes it so that I get up on time.)
So far, I think that my favorite verses in Ephesians are in chapter one:
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. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight, 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, thinks in heaven and things on earth.
If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is. My pastor mentioned in his first sermon that the gospel is basically summed up in Ephesians, and the more I read it, the more I realize that that’s true. God chose us before the earth was even in existence so that we could be blameless in His eyes through Jesus’ death on the cross. And why did He do it? Love. That’s why this plan even exists. Love. That’s all. That’s what it all comes down to. God is just awesome. This set of verses emphasizes God’s plan and exemplifies His sovereignty. Ephesians seems to do that a lot.