December 2: God Chose You

Dec 02

December 2: God Chose You

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

Ephesians 1:4

 

God chose you. It’s a comforting thought, isn’t it? You aren’t an accident. Your life is not a matter of fate. And your faith in Christ is not mere coincidence. It’s all part of God’s plan in choosing you. The best and worst moments of your life are also part of God’s plan. He chose you to experience these things. Your life experiences are unlike anyone else’s experiences, which means you are uniquely qualified for your role in God’s story. When trouble comes, consider it on the job training!

God’s plan wasn’t some haphazard plan thrown together as things came up. No, God chose you before He made the world. That’s mind-boggling. God chose me to have a relationship with Him.

I don’t want to give anyone the wrong idea, though. God chose everyone, but some people choose to reject God. Their rejection doesn’t mean God didn’t choose them. It means God chose them and they said, “no.”

God chose you for salvation so He could have a relationship with you. He also chose you for a unique role in His story on earth. No one else can fulfill your role because you are uniquely qualified for it. No one can express God like you can.

That’s what we are, really. We, as Christians, are Christ in the flesh. That is, we are in union with Christ. Christ is in you and you are in Christ. Union. Two are made one. No wonder the Bible uses so many marriage metaphors. So with Christ living in us, we can allow Him to live through us, expressing His love and grace to others.

Plus, the other side of that truth is that you are in Christ. When God looks at you, He sees Christ. This is how we are “holy and without fault in his eyes.” God sees His perfect Son when He looks at you. He doesn’t see your sinful self because you are hidden in Christ. You are in Christ. You are clothed with Christ.

Chosen. You are chosen by God. Moreover, you are in Christ, so God sees you clothed in the perfection of His Son. And Christ is in you, living through you, blessing others through you the way He did when He was on earth. You are an incarnation of Christ, God in the flesh, because Christ lives through you. Your hands are His hands, touching lives, serving people, and lifting others up in Christ. That’s a high and holy calling. This is why you have been chosen.

 

Prayer

Lord, I am in awe that You chose me and don’t just want a relationship with me; You want to live through me. I am blown away by the idea of being an incarnation of Christ on earth. I’m astonished that You want to live through me to touch people’s lives. I’m also amazed that I am in Christ, covered by Christ so when You look at me, You see Christ. These are wonderful truths that challenge my thinking and elevate my understanding of what it means to be chosen by You. Thank You for choosing me.