(Jesus speaking) “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” – John 15:16
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. – Ephesians 1:11
Earlier this summer I was tagging along with Heshan on a sunset photo shoot, and as I was wandering downstream and snapping photos of my feet on the shore I started thinking about how different things might be if we understood and believed the things God says about us and our lives. Not just intellectually, but on a real emotional level.
One of the first names that came to mind is chosen. Jesus told His disciples that He chose them. They were hand picked and appointed to be His – in advance. Before they ever earned it. Before they even knew what that meant. And the same goes for you and me. We could go into how awesome this is on a grace level. That it truly is by grace that we’ve been saved and not by our own works. It’s amazing stuff.
But I love the idea of sitting with the names God has for us in all of this and letting it sink in and change the way we see ourselves, others, and our lives. We’re chosen. Hand selected and crafted to be His for all eternity. It’s the kind of truth that can make us brave and bold enough to be ourselves if we really know it, so that’s this week’s dose of hope. Let’s sit with this truth and let it sink into our hearts as we go through this weekend and into next week, and let’s not forget that God calls us chosen to be His and to walk with Him for all eternity.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:8-10
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NLT)