The verses we are reading today place our lives in the largest possible context. Paul tells us that if we are followers of Christ then, “he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” (vv. 4-5) When we think about our relationship with Jesus, it is natural for us to begin our story at the point where we first heard about Him or when we first responded in faith to the gospel. This is vital to our story, no doubt, and that is why Paul mentions this experience in v. 13: the experience of hearing the Good News, responding in faith, and receiving the Holy Spirit. Because that experience was so powerful in our lives, it can tempt us to look at our life with Christ primarily through the lens of what we felt, what we were convicted to do and what we ultimately wound up doing. All of that is real and is vital, but our will is not a very firm foundation for a relationship. If you are like me, then you have changed your mind many times about some very important things. If you are like me, then you have failed repeatedly in your relationships. I really want my life to be built upon something firmer than my own thoughts and feelings. Paul is saying here that the life of a child of God is built upon a firmer foundation. It is built upon the unchanging nature of God Himself. It is built upon His love that chose us, sought us, and sealed us for heaven. And not only does this reality give us confidence in where we have been, it gives us confidence in where we are going. God gives His Holy Spirit to those who love and follow Him, and the Holy Spirit can never fail to take such a person to his or her heavenly home and inheritance. May God strengthen our hearts and sense of purpose with these truths.