For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his eyes. In love
Ephesians 1: 4 NIV
What an amazing blessing it is. To be chosen by God. The choice reminds me of high school. The instructor would choose two jocks to lead teams. These “captains” would then select the rest of the class to join their team. I would always be one of the last chosen. Understandably, since I wasn’t a great athlete. Even so, it didn’t do much for my self-esteem.
And maybe that’s why I find this verse so meaningful. God choose me Not because of my athletic ability or my intellectual abilities and certainly not because of my good looks or my charm. And he chose me, not because he had a quota to complete his team, but simply because he wanted me.
Chosen in Christ
There is a part of this verse that is easy to miss, although it is a main theme of Paul, especially in this passage. The words “in him” or “in Christ” are easy to ignore. However, much of the effect of this verse is missing. I am not selected as a unique individual that God wants to work with. Rather, I am chosen in Christ. I am not chosen to be in Christ. I am chosen because I am in Christ. All who are in Christ are chosen or chosen.
Before the world was created, God chose all who would be in Christ Jesus. Our color, our gender, our culture, our achievements, our potential or anything else we could identify with are irrelevant. God doesn’t choose us based on what we’ve done. There is nothing we can do to earn his favor.
But when we are in Christ, he chooses us to be holy and blameless in his eyes. The truth is that we are all far from being holy or blameless. But that’s how God wants to see us. Again, not because of anything we’ve done. But because of what Christ did. And because of our position in Christ. What a blessing that is.
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