(adapted from “God Chose You” by Angela Perritt)
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will. Ephesians 1:4-5
“God chose you.” Let that truth sink deep into your heart.
I don’t know what this life has held for you. Maybe you were rejected by the university you wanted so badly to attend. Maybe you were rejected in your pursuit of a romantic relationship. Maybe you were not chosen for the soccer team. Maybe you’ve been passed over for a promotion…yet again. Maybe you were served divorce papers you didn’t see coming. Maybe you keep seeing pictures of friends getting together for a night out or coffee and yet your invitation never seems to come. You feel overlooked, unwanted and disregarded. You mistakenly think what others think of you mirrors God’s thoughts.
But you couldn’t be further from the truth. Look at Ephesians 1:4-5, you are not only loved by God but chosen. Regardless of how others view you, God chose you from the beginning of time. Before the foundations of the earth were put in place, God knew you, loved you and chose you. Even if no one ever sees your value, God does.
Not only does He dearly love you, He has called you. (2 Thess. 2:14) There is a grand purpose for your life…bigger than what your limited eyesight can see at this moment. All you see are your mistakes, your shortcomings and the reasons you give as to why you always seem overlooked, unwanted and disregarded. But when God sees you, He sees something entirely different. He sees His beautiful daughter/son, and He loves watching you grow into more His likeness as the Holy Spirit works in your life sanctifying you day by day.
You see, people’s opinions constantly, but God’s never does.
From the beginning of time God has loved you and chosen you, so stand firm in this truth. Regardless of how others treat you, choose to focus your mind on God’s truth and what He says about you, not what others say around you. Keep your eyes focused on Him. Stop looking to the right or the left but instead look up. Your worth cannot be measured in how others view you, treat you or love you, but only in Jesus’ love as He chose to go to the cross in your place.
You, my friend, were worth dying for. So regardless of what others think, stand firm in your faith knowing you are dearly loved and deliberately chosen.
Food for thought
How does knowing that you are loved and chosen affect the way you view yourself?