For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In loveEphesians 1:4 NIV
What an amazing blessing this is. To be chosen by God. Being chosen reminds me of high school P.E.. The teacher would pick two jocks to lead teams. These ‘captains’ would then choose the rest of the class to be on their team. Invariably I would be among the last ones chosen. Understandably so, since I was not much of an athlete. But still, it did not do much for my self esteem.
And that may be why I find this verse so meaningful. God choose me. Not because of my athletic prowess, or my intellectual ability, and certainly not because of my good looks or charm. And he choose me, not because he had a quota to fill to round out his team, but simply because he wanted me.
Chosen in Christ
There is a part of this verse that is easy to miss, although it is a major theme of Paul’s, especially in this passage. The words ‘in him’, or ‘in Christ‘ are easy to pass over. But to do so misses much of the impact of this verse. I am not chosen as a unique individual that God chooses to work with. Rather I am chosen in Christ. I am not chosen to be in Christ. I am chosen because I am in Christ. All who are in Christ are chosen, or elect.
Before the creation of the world, God chose all of those who would be in Christ Jesus. Our color, gender, culture, accomplishments, potential, or anything else that we might identify with are irrelevant. God does not choose us based on what we have done. We can do nothing to earn his favor.
But, when we are in Christ, he chooses us to be holy and blameless in his sight. The truth of the matter is that we all are far from being holy or blameless. But God chooses to see us that way. Again, not because of anything we have done. But because of what Christ has done. And because of our position in Christ. What a blessing that is.