CHOSEN AND BLAMELESS
Do you feel worthy, worthless, loved, or maybe even discarded? We live in a world where we are measured by our worth, our worthiness. We can find ourselves running on the treadmill of life, constantly attempting to prove our worth and to feel wanted, needed, loved, and worthy. Often we scrutinize ourselves by what we have to offer to others or by what we believe they value in us. We even bring this into how we see God. But that’s not what God wants for us. Our worth is not measured by others or even by Him. It is freely given by Him; not earned nor attained. Are you ready to step off the treadmill of life and stand in the worth that God has freely given you?
Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.
1. This week’s message referred to running on a “treadmill of life” to attain worth in the world. How does the thought of a workout on a treadmill make you feel? Why?
2. The message also talked about us being blameless in God’s eyes because Jesus paid the greatest price for us by taking all our sins upon Himself and dying for us. How does this realization make you feel? How can leaning into this truth help change the way you view your worth?
3. Read Ephesians 1:4-6. In this passage, Paul says that God predestined us for adoption into His kingdom. What do you think it mean to be predestined by God? How does that change how you view your worth?
4. Read Ephesians 1:7-10. The passage refers to God lavishing His grace on us through the redemption from Christ’s sacrifice for us. What does this tell you about the depth of God’s love for us?
5. Read Ephesians 1:13-14. In this passage Paul writes that, once we are saved, we are marked by a seal in the form of the Holy Spirit, the down payment for our salvation. How does it make you feel to know that our salvation is paid in full for eternity? Knowing that your salvation is secured, what changes can you make in your life to stop running on the treadmill and learn to stand in the knowledge that you are worthy because of God’s grace? Write these down and take time to look at them each day this next week.
Ephesians 1:4-6 – 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— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Ephesians 1:7-10 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
Ephesians 1:13-14 – And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
SPIRITUAL OUTCOMES— gatewaychurch.com/spiritual_outcomes/new-creation/