You Have Been Chosen
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.
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.