LATJ: The Chosen

23 12 2009

It is a horrible feeling to be left out or not to be chosen. You might feel that you aren’t good enough to be part of the “team”. To know that you weren’t among those that were chosen could leave you feeling lonely or insignificant. In thinking about being a part of God’s “team” and spending eternity with Him in heaven, does God choose us or do we choose God? Actually, it’s both. God’s desire is that all should come to know Him and share in His love. “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:5a) God’s desire has always been to adopt us into His family, and He has provided a way for us to do just that. “For it is my Father’s will that all who see His Son and believe in Him should have eternal life — that I should raise them at the last day.” (John 6:40) So you see that God chooses us.

Some people do not feel comfortable with a God that chooses. They want a God that welcomes all regardless of the choices that they make. But knowing that God chooses you is only half of the equation. You still have the choice as to whether you are going to join Him. God has extended His hand toward you and you simply have to reach out and accept His offer of salvation. He is offering you a gift but you have to accept that gift in order for it to be opened. The Bible shares with us many times where God spoke of His plans and each time the people had a choice to make — to follow God or to ignore Him and do what they wanted to do. In one instance God gave His people a choice and told them of the consequences of the wrong choice — but it was their call to make. “Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am planning disaster against you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.’ But they replied, ‘Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, following our own evil desires.’” (Jeremiah 18:11)

Even today we many times take that same attitude with God, telling Him that we will do whatever we want. It is unfortunate that we fall into that attitude when we know that God’s plan is so much better than anything that we could imagine. We want the freedom to make choices but are often unwilling to accept the consequences of those decisions. God does not want that any should perish, but He loves us enough to give us the choice to decide for ourselves. Know that your choice about God has eternal significance, so you should consider it very carefully.

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