One of the most fun things to do with a family of children is to go to choose a puppy. We did that numerous times as a family when our children were little and I’ll never forget their excitement when they beheld the litter of romping, playing, happy puppies that they could choose from! And it seemed to me that the puppies were every bit as happy to be chosen as the children were to be the choosers!
It is a wonderful thing to be chosen. It conveys a sense of being wanted! To not be chose is a rejection of sorts – just think back to your days in high school and PE class when teams were being chosen. I always felt badly for those who were poor at sports and were chosen last – there simply wasn’t any one else left to choose. It had to be crushing.
As Christians we have a great blessing. We know we are among the chosen – and we were picked from before the start of the world itself were chosen, long before we could prove our “worth” or capabilities! Ephesians 1:3-5 puts it this way (ESV) – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as 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…
Perhaps you were one who was not chosen in gym class. Or you were not chosen to attend the college of your choice. Maybe you didn’t make it into med school or law school. Maybe you were not chosen to be someone’s spouse. It’s painful and it’s hard, but if you are a Christian, you were chosen not by an admissions board, a team captain or a young man or woman, but by the Creator of all that is! And you weren’t just brought into the house as a play thing like a puppy – you were brought into His house as a son or daughter.
Rejoice that you were beloved before you were born, you are beloved now and will be forever his chosen beloved one!
PRAYER: Father, help us grasp the meaning you give to your lives by your choosing of us in Christ and let us accept and rejoice in the knowledge we have been wanted and chosen! In Jesus’ name, Amen.Copyright by 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>