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You Have Been Chosen

Updated on October 25, 2013
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I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.

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Have you ever asked yourself: "Why am I here? Is there any purpose to my life?" After all, there are over 7 billion people in this world today. To most of them I am nothing special. The average person can walk down the street, or go into stadiums full of thousands of people, and they will pass us by and pay little attention to our existence. We can be nameless in a crowd who cares little about anything but their own little inner circle around them.

Even those who achieve wealth and fame during their lifetime, will quickly be forgotten by future generations. Most of our children's children will never realize that the once powerful even existed, though millions may have envied their position while they journeyed this earth.

Yet none of us will ever be forgotten by God. We were created in His image. Indeed, those who are His by faith in Jesus Christ, have been chosen by Him since before the foundation of the world.

I. Our Special Position

The universe is so big, and our earth is so small in comparison. And yet it's inhabitants are special to the God who made it all.

Psalm 8 puts it very well when talking about our God and us in comparison. It tells us:

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Man, indeed has a special place in the creation. Being God's image bearers is no small feat. And along with that privilege, we were also given both rank and responsibility.

However, all that was marred by the sin which Adam committed (Romans 5:12). We, Adam's descendants, are now sinners by birth and by choice.

The perfect holy God cannot look upon sin, and in His righteous judgment, had to punish us for our disobedience. This lead us to a state of being without hope , and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). It could have been the end of the story. However, thank God, he added a few more chapters.

II. God's Choice

Despite the sin that has separated us from a holy God, the believer was chosen by Him. Not because of anything we have done, but because of his grace, mercy and love (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

Paul has this to say about us in Ephesians 1:4-6:

4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

We are now a children of the God and King of the universe, having been adopted into His family. We are heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). And nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38,39). We will spend an eternity glorifying the One who made it all possible.

III. Our New Family

It should be further noted that man was never meant to live alone, and now we have been placed in fellowship with other believers. This fellowship of redeemed people is called the Body of Christ, or the Church. Each individual plays a role in the growth of the Church. We are all given Spiritual gifts that serve a vital function for the edification of the Body (I Corinthians 12:1-11). None of us can say we have no purpose again. We were created to glorify God and serve our fellow believers, as well as others, with the gifts and talents our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us.

Conclusion

None of us are what we should be yet. We are all works in progress. But thanks to the fact that God has graciously chosen us, though we are not yet what we are supposed to be, we certainly aren't what we once were. Thank the Lord that He isn't finished with us, but will bring us to complete maturity. His goal is to make us like His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:29; I John 3:2,3). And then, as trophies of His grace, we will bring glory to Him and enjoy Him forever.




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      Jeff Shirley 

      5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      You are welcome MsDora. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      "We are all works in progress." Thanks to God who alone can complete the process. Grateful that He has chosen me. Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      graceinus: I agree with the Westminster Shorter Catechism which states: "The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." My point was that we are to glorify God with all our life. It is through God's glorification that we show His worthiness, which is what true worship is. It is the acknowledging of God's worth. I think that we agree that worship is shown in our daily actions and not just a formal ceremony. And you're right, most Christians don't think of worship in this way.

      Also, thanks Smireles for your input. It was much appreciated.

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      Sandra Mireles 

      5 years ago from Texas

      GodTalk, I agree with you that we are all works in progress. Graceinus' point has merit, it is a very deep discussion that most christians would not identify. When I was a child they used to sing a song called, "You got to live your religion every day... (repeat) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. (Repeat first stanza). I think that agrees with your point. Voted up, useful, and interesting. Blessings

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      graceinus 

      5 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      GodTalk- Before the Fall of man, God's grace was not a issue for mankind. It is an issue now because of the fall of man. Our relationship and worship with the Father in heaven now is not what it was before the fall. Mankind. in the beginning, were Kingdom citizens before the Fall. So our relationship WAS perfect with our Father and King. The way worship is seen today with most christian is not seen as a way of life (as you put it). Although it should be. God's grace is needed now in our relationship with God. This was not the case before the fall. So true worship is much different now than what it was at mans creation. And 99% of most so called christians do not even realize it or our true purpose.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      graceinus: I don't disagree with you that man was created to worship the Lord. Our very choosing, according to Ephesians 1:6 is so to be to the praise of the glory of His grace. I would add, though that worship is a part of the larger purpose of bringing glory to the creator. The heavens declare the glory of God and so should we.

      With that being said, worship is more than just a service in which we pray, sing and listen to a sermon. It is more than a corporate gathering. Worship is the way we live our lives.

      We worship God by our obedience and by witnessing of His love and grace to others. If we aren't living a different lifestyle from the world throughout the week, it doesn't matter what we are doing on Sunday.

      Thanks for your insights, and for stopping by.

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      graceinus 

      5 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      GoldTalk- This is a good Hub. However, I believe there is an important aspect you have left out in rgards to our purpose that each of us have that was there when mankind was created and continues to this very day. The most import reason God created man was to worship Him. That is our main purpose. WE fail to remember that God was/is King even at the beginning of creation. His Kingdom is the spiritual and the physical realm. The fact that He created all things seen and unseen entitles Him to be worshiped as King even at the beginning of man.. This is the main purspoe for mankind. You will note that at the beginning of creation there was no such thing as church. We did not need church to worship our Father in heaven. There was no such thing as the Body of Christ. Because at that point in time it was not needed. But as you and I are aware the fall of man changed all that. We were no longer in right standing with our Father in Heaven. That did not change our initial purpose at creation. To worship God. Our relationship with God at creation was the same as the relationship Jesus had with God during His life time and ministry on earth. It was exactly the same. Jesus revealed to us the Kingdom of God. Which was something we as mankind had long forgotten since the fall of man. Jesus was reminding us of our purpose and letting us know that God wants us back into His Kingdom to worship Him as it once was. To restore COMPLETELY what we once had before the Fall. His Kingdom and our purpose.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks for stopping by Rayne123. Blessings to you as well.

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      Rayne123 

      5 years ago

      Great hub great words to live by

      Many blessings

      Laurie

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      Jeff Shirley 

      5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      You're right sheilamyers. Fame in this life is fleeting, and nothing compared to the rewards in heaven. I appreciate your comments. God bless you!

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      sheilamyers 

      5 years ago

      I'd rather be remembered by God and the one or two people I've helped in little ways than to be remembered by billions for something that, in the end, won't make much of a difference anyway. Thanks for the wonderful hub.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thank you Bill. I am certainly glad that God has chosen me. He is a marvelous and gracious Father. And I am glad that you and I are brothers in Christ. Keep up the good fight for His Kingdom. God bless!

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      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Great job, Jeff!

      We, as sinners allow God's grace to shine. He has chosen us - wish more would choose Him! Thanks for a great read. Voted up and across (except funny).

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