In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11,12.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6,7.
Our stories are important because it displays God’s manifest glory of what He has done and is doing in our life and He creates the opportunity for us to share our personal message with others in hope that they too will freely choose Him.
Twice in the first two chapters of Ephesians we read “in order that.” We were predestined by God’s plan to have the gospel message shared with us and by our free will choose Jesus. When we did we were raised up with Christ and are seated with him in the heavenly realms.
Predestined in order that the hope we’ve placed in Jesus might be for the praise of His glory.
Raised up in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of his grace, which He expressed to us in His kindness by sending His one and only Son to take our place on the cross.
We were created to be in perfect fellowship with God and live out our earthly life walking in His will. The challenges, struggles and trials we face are not given to us by a mean, distant or totalitarian God. Rather, He allows these things in order that we will choose to continue to praise Him (and prove the accuser wrong!). In order that His rich grace will be poured out. In order that all will have the opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel and choose Jesus!
Thank you to Kristin and Jon over at http://www.christiansinmotion.org for publishing the beginning of my story with Jesus. When you have a moment please check out their website and follow them!
This link is my story.