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Despite poor efforts, God chose me. Despite inexperience, God chose me.

Despite my struggle with obedience, God still chose me.

Despite the imperfect and impure thoughts, God chose me.

In spite of me wanting to stay close to Him, but fearing the cost if I do-- God still chose me.

You see, if God does the choosing, we can't say we aren't valued in His eyes. We can't give credit to anyone else but Him, because when others didn't want us, He did.

When it comes to others or even ourselves counting us in or out, none of that matters unless God has already spoken over our lives and chosen us for Himself. How can the decisions and even failures of others and even ourselves be so impactful that they stop the will of God from happening in our lives? They can’t. God’s will is that He has a chosen generation of people that would choose Him too (even if it takes them some time).

In John 15:16, Jesus says: “You didn’t choose me, but I chose you. I have appointed you to go, to produce fruit that will last, and to ask the Father in my name to give you whatever you ask for." Jesus expresses His authority and impact of Him doing the choosing, not us.

To be chosen by God, reveals God’s sovereignty. It reveals that God is in control (and rightfully so!) He is no way limited to what He can do.

Ephesians 1:4-6 says, "Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence. Because of his love he had already decided to adopt us through Jesus Christ. He freely chose to do this so that the kindness  he had given us in his dear Son would be praised and given glory.”

Through Christ’s life, God saw value in ours. So much that He chose us before anything else was made. How much more the value of our lives, when we know that God had already predestined and chosen us to be with Him? How much more important are the plans of God, when we know that He already predestined us for them?

To be honest, I struggle with choosing God. I struggle with choosing to accept all that He has in store for my life. I just do. Whether that’s because of insecurities, fear of rejection, fear of being “given much,” and therefore "required much" by God, or anything else along those lines. On the contrary, I rejoice in choosing God, because I know that in Him, is where I will always belong. Not anywhere else.

I know that in God, there is security and comfort.

Most importantly, in God, there is freedom to choose.

God gives us this freedom to choose Him just like He has already chosen us.

If God chose us because of His love for us, we have to decide daily if we're going to do the same.

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