“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
To be chosen means to be picked or selected as the best option. God believes that you are His best option, and you are. He created you “in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advanced for [you] to do” (Ephesians 2:10). God believes that you are fully capable to do what He has planned for you, and knows that you can thrive in that calling. You might be thinking “But I’m just a human. There’s so much that I can’t do” or you might even be thinking “I don’t even know what my calling is”. But that’s exactly what God likes to hear, because it means you MUST rely on Him to be strong and able in your weakness and inability.
In Ephesians 1 it says “predestined”, meaning ‘decided before hand’, or planned ahead of time. Through His love and kind intentions He chose us before we were even created. He chose you, and He says yes to you. He did this all before we even had the chance to say yes to Him. He chose you already knowing all of the mistakes you would make, and all the times you would choose something or someone else before Him. Your calling is to choose Him back. Your calling is to seek relationship with God all the days of your life. Your calling is to be His son or daughter, and love Him through your adoption. From that, everything else in your life will come naturally, and God will be able to use you in spectacular ways, because you’re doing what you were created to do.
Just like Joshua, YOU are God’s chosen. He picked you to carry out His will, because He believes that you are His best. He knew exactly what would happen, and what you would have to endure, and He chose you regardless. Joshua had to go through a long season of being trained, built up, and taught, but it all prepared him for what was to come. If you are feeling tired and weary in thinking that God will never use you in great ways, remember that God trains and disciples those He loves. Joshua had to wait a majority of his life to step into what He was “called” to do, lead the Israelites into the promised land.
Questions with space for them to respond in the book:
- Do you struggle with comparing your calling to others’? If so, why?
- How are you going to live differently from what you just read?