“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5, Amplified)
I was a liar, thief, molestation victim, woman who had been raped, broken, overly sensitive, people pleaser, ignored, worthless, a dumping ground for everything that was wrong, etc. BUT God chose me in spite of my past.
Our omnipotent (all knowing), omniscient (all seeing), omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time) God chose us. He chose each one of us with all of our baggage, bitterness and brokenness. He knew who and what we were, BUT He still chose each of us.
How? How could He? He can because we believe that apart from Him we can do nothing. Those that know they are incomplete are the ones that seek God for fulfillment. He often chooses the poor in spirit to do mighty works in the kingdom of God.
But why would He do this? Simply put, He loves each one of us. He has loved us since before time was time and the world was the world. Take a moment and think about that.
His love is so deep and so pure that He gave us a part of Himself:
- His breath – which gave us life (Gen 2:7)
- His Son – who is the only the way to eternal life (John 3:16) and the way to the Father (John 14:6)
- His Spirit – which guides us through this life once we have returned back to Him (John 16:13)
God’s example of love shows us that you give the very best of yourself, your best offering to your chosen. He is saying we are worth it. By giving those parts of Himself, He is able to be in constant fellowship with us. He doesn’t want to be on the outside looking in, but He desires intimate fellowship, from the inside out, with His Beloved and that is each and every one of us. He saw us as lovely when there was nothing lovely about us.
Remember this--because He has chosen us, we have been adopted, accepted, forgiven, redeemed and blessed.
Sitting at His feet,