Chosen Ones

 

January 4

 

Read Ephesians 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will…

 

Reflect

According to this passage, what reasons do we have to praise God?

 

Unfortunately, I think most of us can remember a time in our lives when we desperately wanted someone to choose us. We wanted to feel wanted. Maybe no one picked you for their team at recess. Maybe you never got asked to a dance. Maybe you checked the mailbox over and over but never received an invitation to the party. Maybe you spent years in foster care longing for a family to adopt you, but they never did. So many of us have been deeply hurt by exclusion. There is great loneliness in feeling left out, isolated, and ignored.

 

We all want to be chosen.

 

I am here to offer encouragement today. After Paul introduced himself and greeted the Ephesians with a prayer of grace and peace, Paul turned to praise God. He said we should bless God because He has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing. We should declare His praise and bless His Name because He has blessed us!

 

What does it mean that He has blessed us with spiritual blessings? It means that those of us in Christ Jesus have been blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, which has the power to transform us. Through Christ’s work on the cross, we are justified and made holy and blameless in God’s sight. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, we enter into a process of lifelong sanctification. We become more and more holy as He is holy.

 

But why us? Why is this gift available for you or for me? Because He chose us. Did we deserve it? No. He chose us, even before He created the world. Before we even had a chance to deserve it, He chose His church. Why? Because He loved us, and it was His will to do so. The NIV translates it as “in accordance with His pleasure and will.” It pleased and delighted God to choose us. He wanted us. He loved us. So, He adopted us. He made us His family.

 

Friends, if you are in Christ, you are family. You have a place you belong. Even before He made the world, He looked forward to having a relationship with you. You are one of God’s chosen ones.

 

Pray

Father God, blessed be Your Name! I thank You and praise You for loving me enough to choose me. I didn’t do anything to deserve it. I am a sinner. And yet, You have chosen me. You make me holy and blameless. You give me a place to belong. Thank You, Lord. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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*THANKYOUJESUS*
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AMEN
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And Father for Loving us First AMEN
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Thank You God for Choosing Me I Love You.
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Thanks Pastor Nat for today's wonderful reminder of my "standing/position" with my "Heavenly Father!" Through His amazing grace, love and mercy, He has adopted me. Praise God, praise God, I am chosen! Jesus has made me a child of "the King" He is my Righteousness!I am rejoicing and filled with explicitable joy! To God be all the glory. Amen.
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Amazing grace how great the sound that saved a retch like me. It is so hard to believe that the creator God would choose me to be a part of His family. And that He had to send His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die for all my sins. Oh how can it be that He loves me that much. Praise, worship, and complete surrender is the least we can do for such an amazing gift of love. Lord fill me with your love so I can display your glory now and forever. All for your name sake Jesus. Amen
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Thanks for choosing us Lord in the name of Jesus Christ Amen
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Thank you God for loving even me
What a love is flowing from a the most high God!we just are made his loved one,son,holy,blamess,blessed through spiritual blessings in heavenly places and chosen only through faith on his beloved son of Jesus christ.
Thank you for your faithfulness to preach the Word. It has helped me.