4 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.
Have you ever worried about whether God accepts you or whether you are worthy of His love?
We know that God accepts us and loves us because He chose us before the foundation of the world. What does “foundation of the world” mean? The word for “foundation” carries two meanings; one refers to before the creation of the universe and other after the fall of creation. That is to the fall of Adam and the dire consequences resulting from it, and both meanings are applicable. There is no reason why the Apostle Paul should not have both in mind.
Adam’s fall didn’t deter God’s perfect plan for your life.
God called and purposefully planned for you to be one with Christ even from the beginning of creation. Out of His great love and extravagant generosity, God chose or “set you apart” by joining you to Christ. This is so that through Christ, you are made holy and blameless in His presence. In other words, God found you in Christ before you were lost as a result of Adam’s sin and downfall.
The implication is huge.
This means that you were never an accident or a mistake. If you believe this, stop acting like one and stop thinking as if your life doesn’t matter. The word “chose” in Greek is ekelgo. It means “honourably elected to fulfil a call or purpose”. Ekelgo is a compound word — ek means “out of”, and lego means “spoken word”. In context, long before you existed or were even born, God had already “spoken out” your identity and destiny in Christ. Your life is a perfect “speech” of God’s grace because He compared you to Christ.
Your life is intertwined with God’s call and purpose.
You have a significant role to play in God’s great plan for humanity. It is time for you to speak out what God has spoken into you. Start to release what He has deposited in you and accomplish what He has already put into you.
Am I actively living out my life believing that I have been chosen by God?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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