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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

God Chose Me Before I Chose Him

In summary of 1 Peter 1:2a it says, “God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.”

Bottom Line:
We were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood.

What this means to me:
God chose me long before I chose Him. God himself took the initiative. The Good News translation states it this way: "You were chosen according to the purpose of God."  God choose me to be a part of his family because he is a God of love and he is a God of grace. The more I understand grace, the more I’m amazed by it.  God chose me!  Do I deserve it? Not a chance. Do I deserve to go to Heaven? No way!  Am I good enough to be in God's family?  No. He just chose me. And that's good news.  First Peter 1:3 says, "For it is His boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that now we are members of God's own family."  God chose me based on his mercy, not my performance. I'll never be able to earn it on my own. I couldn't work hard enough for it or be perfect enough. It's only because of God's grace and mercy that the Creator of the universe says, "I want you in my family." This is encouraging news that I can take with me today and the rest of my life.  In summary, God chose me and provides his Spirit in my life to help set me aside to be used for his purposes.