It is a great thing to be chosen. I was one of those kids that was never chosen for a team in school. I can’t say that I blame anyone. My sports skills were completely non-existent. Yep, I was that kid they put in the outfield and prayed the ball didn’t go to. Trailing in the back of the soccer field, first to be hit in dodge-ball, and we won’t even talk about football.
Thankfully, things are different in the kingdom of God. There we are all on an even playing field in His eyes; at least physically. It is the spirit that God is interested in.
So, this message is for all who believe in God and are His by faith in Jesus.
God blesses, chooses, empowers and accepts us.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of 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, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (NKJV)
God blesses us.
In so many ways. We’ll see it and feel it if we’re paying attention. But here, Paul is talking about spiritual blessings, “in heavenly places in Christ.” When we became His, God became our constant companion. He filled us with His Holy Spirit. As if saving us wasn’t enough, God blesses us with His presence.
God chooses us.
“Before the foundation of the world” we were chosen. Let’s not get bogged down in a debate between predestination and freewill here. What I see in this verse is that God picked us out. He chose me for His team, knowing I wasn’t the sharpest spiritual tool in the shed. He knew I wasn’t going to be perfect. God could see the weakness and sin within, but he chose me anyway. How amazing is that?
God empowers us.
We were chosen for a purpose; “that we should be holy and without blame.”
Having blessed us with His Spirit and filled us with His presence, God has empowered us to do that for which we are chosen; to live our lives in holiness and purity..
Leviticus 20:26 says, “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” (NKJV)
God wouldn’t tell us to do something if were were an impossible task. In Leviticus God simply says to “be Holy.” In Ephesians, Paul reminds us we were chosen to be holy.
God accepted us.
God accepts us because our sins have been cleansed by the blood of His son Jesus Christ.
Nothing we could have done would have purified us enough to be blessed by God’s presence within. No mighty nor wonderful acts would have made God choose us for His team. The strongest man or woman on earth does not have the power to be holy and pure all by themselves. Nothing would or could make us acceptable but the blood of Jesus Christ shed for us.
The good news is that Jesus Christ died for our sins, so we could belong to the Father and be one with God.
Believe today, oh child of God that you are blessed.
Know for a fact and be confident that you are chosen.
Not only that but by God’s Spirit within, you are empowered.
Thanks to the blood of Jesus Christ, you are accepted.
You are chosen to be holy.
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