“Blessed be the God and Father our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,” (Ephesians 1:3-4)
What a beautiful word.
Do you remember being on the playground as a child? We would designate captains for whatever game we were playing – tag, hide-n-seek, Red Rover – and the leaders would choose their teams. It was wonderful to be the first one chosen (I never was) and horribly embarrassing to be the last. That meant you were the one no one wanted. The slow one. The geeky one. The little one. For whatever reason, you weren’t chosen. You were tolerated.
God doesn’t just tolerate us.
No one is last on God’s team.
You are chosen.
He wants you.
He picked you.
Strong’s concordance defines this Greek word for chosen as “I pick out for myself, choose, elect, select. HELPS Word tells us that it means “to select out of, by a highly deliberate choice (i.e. real heart-preference) with a definite outcome.
In this particular passage, it is specifically used so that the grounds of the choice are based on Christ and His merits.
It doesn’t matter if I’m the geeky one. My Team Captain is awesome enough for all of us!
And He chose me!
Father, I can’t thank you enough that Jesus is so perfect, so awesome, that You chose me to be Your child. Thank you for sending Him to die for me, for His resurrection, in order that You might choose us in Him. Thank You for being such a loving God that You make this available for everyone.
I encourage you to read this passage in Ephesians with today’s devotion. To do so online, you may click here: Ephesians 1:1-6