Ephesians 1:3–10 ‘For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will’ (vv4–5)

In all of the complexity of seeking to understand the nature, character and purpose of God, it’s good to pause and recognise that God invites us to rest in the promise He has made us. So much of life is framed in terms of personal achievement measured against common success criteria, which we had no hand in deciding. These can introduce high levels of anxiety and impact our self-esteem. 

Even in church life, there’s a danger we create a hierarchy amongst the gifts of the Spirit in which prophecy and teaching are afforded greater honour than serving and encouragement. Paul gives no hierarchy to these gifts, and we do so at our peril and introduce strife within the church (Rom. 12:6–8).

It is my great joy to approach morning prayer anticipating the joy of spending time in the presence of God, and simply soak up the love and appreciation that God has for me. There are a variety of ways we can pray, yet just as the disciples ‘hung out’ in companionship with Jesus, so that same invitation is extended to each of us. 

Naturally, it can seem a little awkward, but as we become familiar with the loving embrace of our God and accept the privilege of stepping into His immediate presence, we will find nourishment for our whole being, and rest easy with who we are because of the love of God we enjoy. Make sure you enjoy the benefits of your friendship with the Lord of all.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Psa. 27:4–6; Jer. 31:3–9; Luke 15:17–24; Phil. 4:4–9.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Are you able to sit with God and do nothing but enjoy the love God has for you?

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, thank You for Your never-ending love for me. Amen.’

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.