What it means to be known & chosen by God.
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Do you ever feel the need to be chosen?
Not necessarily for what you do, what you can do, what your job description is, what your social media following looks like, what your pedigree is, or what your experience is — but simply for who you are.
You want a friend or significant other to choose you: to choose you as a friend over the ten other people standing right beside you, to choose you as a romantic interest over the twenty other possible candidates, to choose you in spite of your flaws, weaknesses, imperfections, and inconsistencies. To choose you because you are the one they want; to choose you because you are valued, loved, and wanted.
As humans, this innate desire to be chosen and loved by someone else is part of how God made us. The beauty of this desire to be chosen is that Jesus has already chosen you. Whatever you’re seeking in life? Love, a relationship, affirmation, acceptance: the most beautiful One you could ever seek is Jesus.
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
Ephesians 1:4, NKJV
We were chosen by God before the foundation of the earth was even built. We were in the mind of God when he was going through the process of creation. Because God is indeed omniscient and omnipresent and all-knowing, he knew that Adam and Eve would sin. He knew the rest of the world would subsequently follow their pattern and that he would have to do something to reconcile the world to himself — because we were created for God’s pleasure, for his glory, for the purpose of bringing him joy.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
II Corinthians 5:17-21, NKJV
In other words, God knew your sin. He knew your imperfections. He knew your struggles, your doubts, your fears. And yet he still came to the earth in the form of a man to reconcile you to himself. In spite of it all!
The Bible tells of a woman who was deeply known and still chosen by God. A woman who had been possessed by evil spirits. A woman who lived in the deepest trenches of sin. A woman who, in spite of her past, her life, her imperfections, was chosen by God — not because he didn’t know her, but because he did know her.
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
John 20:11-16, ESV
Jesus had shown so much love to Mary. More love than she had ever experienced. She was aware that Jesus knew her, and yet she also felt the beauty of his love in being chosen by him. And not only was she known and chosen, Jesus called her by her name: “Mary,” he said.
God reconciled himself to us because he chose us. Before we were even breathing, before we were walking the earth, before we knew of our own existence, Jesus knew us and chose us to be his.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Jeremiah 1:5, NIV
You and I? We want to be known for who we are, we desire to be chosen for who we are. But what we must understand, remember, and live for is the fact that we are known by the one who holds all power in heaven and earth; we are chosen by the one who is higher than all other things, principalities, powers, and humans.
So what it means to be known and chosen by God? First of all, you are loved by him. Secondly, he does for you what he did for Mary: he comes to you when you seek him; he comes to you when you are lonely, desperate, and searching; he reaches out for you even when you don’t realize that he is the one speaking to you in between your tear-stained face; he is the one that your heart most desires. Finally, he speaks your name — he calls out to you in the midst of the turmoil that your heart is spinning around in; he speaks your name when you feel confused, scared, and unsure; he calls you by name so there is no mistaking that YOU are the one that he chooses in SPITE of knowing every single little thing about you.
You, my friend, are known, loved, and chosen by God. Don’t ever forget that.