Ephesians 1:3-6 - 3 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, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
As a kid I loved to play dodgeball at school. The teacher would pick team leaders, and then each team captain would pick his or her team. Nobody wanted to be picked last because being picked last meant no one wanted you on their team. Have you ever been that kid, standing around waiting to be chosen?
When it comes to team Jesus, God chose his team a long time ago. v.4 says, “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” This is incredible. Notice the nuances of v.4: it says, “even as he chose us in him...” This means God the Father chose us to be saved in Jesus. When did God choose us? Verse 4 says, “before the foundation of the world...” Before the earth was created and long before you or I were born, God decided to save us. What was God’s goal in saving us? Verse 4 says, “that we should be holy and blameless before him.” God wanted to set apart a people for himself who could be made holy and blameless by the blood of Jesus.
What does all this mean? In eternity past, before God created the foundation of the world, God looked through the corridors of space and time and chose for himself a people to be made holy and blameless in Jesus. This is what the theologians call the doctrine of election.
The fact that God chose us is truly amazing. Think about it. God did not have to choose us. God wasn’t obligated to choose us. No one could have forced God to choose us, yet he still chose us. Why? Was it because of us? Was it because of something we did? No, he chose us before we were even born, which proves that his decision to save us isn’t because of anything we have done or could do.
What does mean for you? First, it means that you are not an accident. The fact that you exist is part of God’s divine plan. Second, it means you are wanted. God has chosen you, which means you have a place on team Jesus, and that is something worth celebrating.
• How does being chosen (in Jesus) make you feel?
• What difference does the blessing of being chosen (in Jesus) make in your life?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for choosing you (in Jesus).