The Master’s Plan #2: God’s Plan is Meant For His Own Pleasure

Read: Ephesians 1:9-14

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.  Ephesians 1:9 NLT

Despite what some people might think, God is not all that concerned about pleasing us. Sure we have every reason to feel pleased when we think about Him and all He has done and is doing for us. But as it turns out God’s plan was never meant to please us or somehow win us over by making us happy. That is actually a really good thing when you think about it. If God’s purpose was to please us, the reality is that He would never be able to do anything for us beyond what would amount to granting the most trivial of “wishes”. What might please one person or group of people, would undoubtedly be a source of displeasure for someone else or some other group of people. As people we are often fickle, disagreeable, and self-serving. Our ideas of things God should do to please us would be limited to our ideas, worldviews, and cultural expectations.

God does have a grand plan that concerns us. His plan has an incredibly positive effect on us and although it is very pleasing to us when we accept it, His plan is meant to please Himself.

So what is it that pleases God? According to today’s text it pleases God to bring absolutely everything under the authority of His son Jesus (v. 10). It is also pleasing to God to have us be united with His Son and have us share in His Son’s inheritance (v. 11). That is pretty great news for us. God’s way of pleasing Himself is to make a plan that ultimately takes care of us in every meaningful way possible both right now in this life and for all eternity.

God’s Plan: To please Himself by providing us with everything we need.

Your Turn: In response to God’s plan and all the amazing ways that His plan has changed our lives for the good, we can please Him in return through our praise and worship (v. 12 & 14). Take time today to celebrate your Heavenly Father today. Declare His greatness and give Him the glory He deserves.

“What pleases God is what’s best for you.”


The Master’s Plan #1: God’s Plan is To Bring You Into His Family

Read: Ephesians 1:1-8

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5 NLT

Sometimes children who have been adopted feel as though they never quite fit in or have the same place in the family as their siblings who were born into the family. These feelings may exist for any number of reasons and even those who were adopted into a genuinely loving and caring home can end up feeling this way.

Scripture tells us that all who trust in Jesus for salvation have become children of God through adoption into His family. As an adopted child of God you should never feel like an outsider because your Heavenly Father has made it clear that you have been totally accepted by Him. Paul reminds us today that our Father has blessed us with every kind of spiritual blessing (v. 3) and that He loves us (v. 4).

It is God’s plan to accept you and adopt you into His loving family. That can be a difficult concept to grasp because we never feel worthy of His attention or His efforts to reach out to us. Thankfully, Paul makes it clear that God’s feelings towards us are not based upon our actions or attitudes at all. God actually chose you and decided to love you long before you were ever born, actually even before the earth was born (v. 4). God loves you so much that He made a plan that lead His only Son to die on a cross in order to make it possible for you to be forgiven of your sins (v. 7) and adopted into His family.

God’s Plan: To choose you and love you and make you a part of His family.

Your Turn: Since God did so much to reach out to you, the right way to respond to Him is to reach back. Take time today to tell Him how much it means to you that He made a plan to save you from your sins and to adopt you into His family.

“God gave His child to make us His children.”