WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.—Ephesians 1:4
Before the world was made, even before sin entered into this world that was made, God predestined you. He chose you to be His child. We use phrases like “the day I found the Lord,” and that is true in one sense. But in another sense, God chose us before we chose Him.
Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain . . .” (John 15:16). God chose us before we ever were around to choose Him. We may wonder, What merit or goodness did He find in me that He would choose me to be His child? There was no merit. In spite of our best intentions or the high opinion we may hold of ourselves, God’s choosing had nothing to do with our merit or goodness.
If you knew what would happen before it took place, would you choose something that worked in your favor or against it? God knew exactly how you would turn out. And He chose you from the foundation of the world.
You might say, “I think the Lord made a mistake here because I’m a loser.” But God chose you to win. God chose you to be something that He will make you into. You may look at yourself and see your flaws and shortcomings, but just remember that you are still a work in progress.
God isn’t finished with you yet — not while your heart is still beating! And He will complete what He has begun in your life. So rejoice that He chose you from the foundation of the world.
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013
Radio Program: “Turning the World Right-Side-Up — I”
TV Program: “I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Part 2”
Bible Reading: 2 Kings 20, Isaiah 38-39, Psalm 75, 1Peter 2
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.