(Ephesians 1:4 NIV) “For he (God) chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”

To be chosen feels good doesn’t it?  To be chosen as a captain for kickball at recess, to be chosen to an all – conference team, to be chosen over hundreds of others for a job, to be chosen to receive an award, etc. always feels great.

And every day of your life you can feel chosen!  You never have to feel left out.   Why?  Because God chose you!  God, before the creation of the world, chose to make you His own!  Before you were even born, God in His ultimate wisdom and love wrapped you in His tender arms and made you His!  And you know what is even more amazing?  He did all of this for you even though He knew all of the sins you would commit in your life, He knew that you would disobey him, He knew that you would have hundreds of shortcomings and yet He still wanted you to be His own!

And what did He chose you for?  He chose you to be holy and blameless in His sight.  And how did He do that?  Well… since He chose you, He also had to choose a sacrifice to make you holy and blameless.  And that sacrifice He chose was His Son – Jesus.  Through the sacrifice of Jesus you now look holy and blameless in God’s sight.  Jesus has covered you with His blood and righteousness and taken away all of your sins!  Because of Jesus you now appear before God as holy and blameless!

And so the next time you aren’t chosen as captain or aren’t chosen by someone to go to the dance, or not chosen for a promotion know that your God has chosen you to spend an eternity with Him in heaven!

Comforted that God chose me before the creation of the world just like He chose you,

Pastor Aaron Schumann