Week 3 of a 52 week Quiet Time Series entitled, “Living As One New Man”
“He Chose Me!”
Living As One New Man #3
Read Ephesians 1:4
Why does it feel so great to be chosen? I’m not exactly sure, it just does. Imagine how you would if your spouse, reflecting back on their decision to be married to you, said “you know, I dated a lot of people, and actually had a list of people I really wanted to marry, but in the end, I had to settle for you”! Or imagine going to a final job interview and the employer said, “we searched high and low for the best candidate, but in the end, they were all gone so we came back to you – you’re hired”! You may have a spouse and a job, but you wouldn’t have the extreme joy of knowing they chose you because YOU are the one they desired. It just feels different when we are pursued relentlessly out of love.
After telling us that God has blessed us with “every spiritual blessing in Christ,” Paul says God chose us before the creation of this world, to be set apart as His righteous, holy people. He has actually “adopted” us as His own sons and daughters – we are His! We are not children he had to settle for, His best workable option, or just happened to be at the end of a short list of ways to affect a lost world. We were always a vital part of His plan, and He has always relentlessly and stubbornly pursued us out of a love so intense that we couldn’t really fathom it if we tried! That’s the truth about our relationship with Him as disciples.
It’s interesting – to be adopted you have to be available. Most of the time, children who are available for adoption have been abandoned by someone. They were given up on or disappointed by someone, until they were sought out and chosen by parents who desire to give them a life and a real chance at success. Paul tells us this is what God has done for us. The world promised us hope and fulfillment, success, fame or satisfaction. Instead of delivering that, the world miserably abandoned us – it always does. If that were the end of the story, what a sad and tragic tale it would be. However, when we respond to God’s love as he dramatically swoops in to rescue us, the story gets rewritten. We now belong to the God of the universe. We have real hope and lasting significance. More than that, we have the extreme joy of knowing He has desired us from the very start! We are HIS CHOSEN SONS AND DAUGHTERS!
1. Do you realize how badly God has always wanted a relationship with you? What stops you from feeling the joy of being HIS CHOSEN POSESSION?
2. For further study and encouragement, read the following passages: Romans 8:29-30, Colossians 3:12, 1 Thess. 1:4, and 2 Thess. 2:13.