What does it mean to be chosen? I’m used to getting mailers that tell me that I’ve been chosen at random and pre-approved for a special offer. But they aren’t really choosing me, I’m just a dollar sign to them. They “chose my wallet not me.”
Part of your identity in Christ is that you have been chosen, hand selected by God. That’s a big deal; to be chosen by God. In my last post about identity, I talked about how God has blessed us. Being chosen is one of the spiritual blessings God has given us and it will help change the identity cycle.
What does being chosen mean? I’m personally mystified when I go the the grocery store and see people picking up melons, holding them to their ear, thumping them, and listening to the sound they make. Whenever my wife sends me to buy a melon I always mimic what I’ve seen but I have no idea what sound I’m looking for. So after thumping a few melons that all sound the same to me, I’ll say loud enough for anyone who’s within ear shot, “perfect” just so I look like I know what I’m doing.
While I may be clueless, other melon thumpers aren’t. They know exactly what their looking for and they know when they find it and that’s the one they choose. In a similar way, God has hand selected you, minus the thumping (although it sometimes feels like it). Out of all of humanity, he looked at you and said, “perfect!”
Because God has chosen you, it also means that he wants you! You’re not a red headed stepchild in God’s family, unloved and unwanted. He didn’t choose you because your aunt Mable twisted his arm through her prayers. Your not the last kid picked for the team because no one else wanted you.
God desires you! He wants you! That’s why he chose you! You were just what he was looking for and he liked what he saw so much that he decided to bring you home and make you one of his privileged children.
Knowing this should cause you to feel loved, valued, and wanted. It should make you feel like you’re one of the most special people in the world- that God in his grace would set his unfailing love on you and call you his own.
Now as you read these truths you may experience the opposite feelings than I just described. You may feel worthless, inadequate, or you might doubt God’s choice in you, after all, you think to yourself, there are so many others that are so much better and more deserving than me. Here’s the deal: your feelings are not the barometer of truth. Think about how often your feelings have led you astray and gotten you into trouble.
The fact that you are chosen and wanted is a truth that often needs to be accepted by faith at first. So, tell your feelings to be quite and tell God that you are going to accept his truth by faith. Choose to believe it. If you need to, every morning when you brush your teeth tell yourself this truth until you believe it.