Ephesians 1:3-8 (NLT)
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 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. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
The Apostle Paul writing to the Ephesian Church tells them they are blessed because they are united with Christ. He explains God always had a plan for salvation even when we ourselves failed at living the original life God planned for us. Through Christ�s redemptive act we became a part of the family of God. We can therefore praise God for His loving and merciful salvation that He pours out on all who place their faith in Christ.
The verses above tell us we have been adopted into God�s family. There is a story of a couple who had two sons but decided to adopt a young girl from Haiti. They walked with her to the airplane as she reached up and took their hand. At that moment they knew she was adopted into the family. During first meal the girl appeared afraid to eat as she let her food sitting on her plate. The mom then realized the problem. Food was so short and scare in Haiti usually there wasn�t enough for the next day so she was probably keeping a portion of the food for later or waiting to share with her new brothers. To reassure her, the mom took her to the bread drawer where there were several loaves of bread. Then she opened the refrigerator to show the milk, eggs and other food that was there. Then she opened up the cabinets and showed the bountiful reserve of can goods. The girl then went and gave thanks and ate as she had seen the abundance that was brought into her adopted life.
God brings an abundance of mercy and grace into our adopted lives. He showers kindness upon us and wants to show us the riches of life that comes with being a part of His family. Give thanks for what God has given you and remember His blessings are shared with each of us as though we are His only child to look after.