God Chose You
I drew a line in the sand. “Enough is enough. Today, you have to choose between me and him”. And so at the ripe old age of fifteen I already felt I was entitled to the exclusive affection of the girl I was “in love” with. I would not tolerate any competition. Forced to choose, she did. Unfortunately, she did not have enough sense to choose me. She chose George! I went home and went to bed, a rejected boy. So if you think I am messed up today and in need of serious counseling, that’s why. Blame this girl who did not have enough sense to know what was good for her!
But thank God, one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure. While others may reject us, God does not. When He had to decide what to do with you and me, He chose us. “You have not chosen me,” Jesus said to His raggedy bunch of disciples, “but I have chosen you and ordained you to bear much fruit and that your fruit should remain.” (John 15:16)
Listen to these powerful words penned by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:3-5.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ, 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, having predestined us to the adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
Wow, those verses actually say that God chose us before He started to create the world! That means He created everything with you and me on His mind! That also implies He created the world for us!
I was meditating upon this truth some time ago when I sensed God saying something like this to me: “Son, I created the whole world for My children, not for me. My children, however, I created, not for the world, but for Myself.”
Chosen, loved, accepted in Christ Jesus– if that cannot undo the damage done to my self-image by that girl who had no sense but to choose George over me, nothing else can!
You can’t make everybody accept you, or love you. It would be nice were that the case, but it just isn’t going to happen. However, it is clear you hold a special place in the heart of God. And this fact alone, that God loves you and has created you for Himself, is enough reason to shout for joy!
Thanks very much Bishop,you will continue to be a blessing to us.May God strengthen,bless and keep you.May God continue to cause His face to shine upon you,may He lift up your countenance always and give you everlasting Peace. We love u
This article has been a blessing to me, my life, and other people’s lives also. It is encouraging.I need another one.
Bishop, I have lived, eaten, and slept in rejection for some time in my life. The most difficult thing that cannot be understood sometimes is when you’re rejected by your own people. This can be a daunting and painful experience to just let go. But I know my God has never and will never reject me; I can find trust, hope, and love in Him because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. Thanks for reminding me again about my heavenly Father’s love for me! Really, I am chosen by Him.
Amen, Amen, Amen!
Thank you , Bishop Johnson!
Bishop I’m getting better and better at accepting how much God loves me. It’s amazing but true, He really does. When you put it the way you do it’s so clear that every step I take, every experience has been lovingly crafted for my best good for eternity. Even the pain and things that have hurt have a better intention by God. I can’t yet say I understand it all but I am learning to rest in His love.
I’m even getting better at accepting that everyone I’d like to be my friend or at least like me won’t. It’s OK and I’m letting it go.
My prayer this week has been “God fill my eyes with Jesus. I wish I could see Him everywhere in everything. I know Who to choose. Your blogs are strengthening and encouraging. Thanks.