God, who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity 2 Timothy 1:9.
“We need to serve God in order to have purpose. We need to know God in order to have love. We need to be right with God to have self-worth. But sin leads every person to reject God as our only source of meaning, security, and worth. If we reject God our hearts must make idols.” – Tim Keller.