“I chose you”
She grew up with very traditional values. Her grandmother had always told her not to chase boys. “If he is interested, he will pursue you,” she would say. So, she waited for the boy to make the first move. Then, she waited for his call. When he was slow to call and she became anxious, her grandmother’s words would echo in her mind, “Ladies don’t call men. If he is a gentleman, he will call you. If he is not, you don’t want him.” She met a young man that introduced himself. He called, and they dated. After months of dating, she again waited; waited to hear those words of ultimate commitment: “Will you marry me?” These words would let her know that she no longer had to wait. They would assure her that she had been chosen.
Although these words seem old fashion, there is a truth in them that strikes a chord in our hearts. We all want to be pursued. We all want to be chosen.
Do you know what it feels like to be chosen? Have you been chosen for a special award, chosen for a promotion at work, or chosen to be a member of a certain team? If you are married, you have been chosen. When your husband said, “Will you marry me?” he was saying, “I chose you.” Twenty-five years ago, I heard those words. The man I had dated for seven months pledged his love for me and his desire to be with me. He had dated other women before me, but he did not choose them. He chose me.
If you are a Christian, you have been chosen.
In John 15:16 Jesus says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…”
Jesus has chosen you! You have been chosen! Regardless of the circumstances with which you came to know Jesus, He pursued you. In John 6:44 Jesus says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” If you are His, it is because He and the Father drew you to Him. He pursued you. He loved you. He chose you and courted you. When you responded to His proposal, you became betrothed to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God’s word assures us that He loves us and that He has chosen us.
He chose us
before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
He chose us
while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).
When He chose us, He knew
that we were not perfect (Ecclesiastes 7:20),
that we had hearts that tend to stray (1 Peter 2:25),
and that without His help we would fail Him (John 15:5).
Yet, He chose us anyway!
He chose us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5).
He chose us to be His (John 1:12).
And, He paid the ultimate price to choose us.
When a man choses a woman to marry, he buys her an engagement ring. The most expensive engagement ring in history is reported to be one purchased for Elizabeth Taylor. It was a 33.19 caret diamond of exceptional clarity that cost $8.8 million! Yet, this staggering price is nothing compared to the price our Groom paid for our betrothal.
He didn’t purchase an expensive ring. No, He gave His own life to claim us! He chose us, and willing died to receive us as His own.
Let’s be honest, we don’t always feel chosen. We feel ordinary. We don’t feel worthy to be chosen, especially by Him. But Jesus didn’t choose us because we were worthy. He chose us because He is worthy. In his perfect love, He looked for ones that He could love. It is because of His love that we are chosen. We are told in 1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.” He loved us and chose us, so that we could know what love is. His sacrificial act of love shows us what true love is. It is how we know we are chosen.
Dear one, don’t judge the love of Christ on your worthiness to be loved. Judge it on the character of the One doing the loving. He is worthy. He is perfect love, and He chose to love you.
Let’s make it our aim to wake up each morning and experience the love He has for us. Each morning, turn your face to heaven, look through the distractions of this world into the very heavens of God, and say to Him, “Oh, how You love me!” Yes, you read that right. Do not say, “Oh, how I love You;” but say to the One who has chosen you, “Oh, how You love me.” When we truly grasp just how much He loves us, we will begin to feel chosen. Then our love for Him will grow and we will be able to give Him a love that is more worthy of who He is and what is has done for us.
You are loved. You are chosen.