We are not walking in the Kingdom by chance. There is no "random" choices by God. We were chosen! How lovely is that!? Someone, God Himself, decided He wanted you and me! Was that all there was, just picking and choosing? No! He also purchased us with the blood of His Son! Jesus willingly died a horrendous death so that we could sit in heavenly places with Him. The price He paid was far greater than you or I could ever endure. He gave us eternity through His precious blood. He gave us life everlasting!
We, His born again saved children, undeserving as we are, were hand-picked by God Himself! Can you grasp that, dear Reader? While He was creating the heavens and the earth He looked through time and saw your face! While Jesus was bloody and beaten unrecognizable, He looked through time and saw you! He did this for you! Why? Because He loves you! You are His. You never have to fear being left alone. He can't do that. He won't do that. He promised to never leave nor forsake you.
He had to fight for you. We did everything we could to shut the door on Him. Every time He knocked we had another excuse. Maybe you were of the age where it just wasn't 'cool.' You may have thought if you started going to church all your fun would be over for the rest of your life - no more drinking, no more partying, and oh no, that probably meant going to church on Sunday morning and you really needed your sleep from partying Saturday night!
I know that's how I felt! There would be too many restrictions on me! Oh, how I wish that I knew then what I know now! God is watching whether we're saved or not. He knows our hearts. When He places the desire in our hearts we can fight it, we can ignore it, or we can "come to Jesus!"
Where would I be if I had but answered the door in my youth? I know I wouldn't look as old as I do because I would have known the peace of God. I wouldn't have done so many stupid things. I wouldn't have hung out with the wrong crowd, I wouldn't have drank myself to sleep because of a broken heart, I wouldn't have talked like a sailor! I wouldn't have believed that my life was useless.
What did I trade it for? Something I didn't know. I didn't know joy! Pure unadulterated joy! My heart sings! I laugh! I feel so amazed just thinking about the power of God! I see things differently, I enjoy church more than I imagined. These brothers and sisters in Christ would do anything for me because we are family. I CRAVE Jesus! I yearn for Him!
Do I feel like I'm missing out on fun? Oh good grief, no. I have more fun now than I ever did before. My friends are true friends. They rally around me in prayer for my needs. They care for me. They are not like the fair weather friends I used to have who left because the last can of beer was empty. No, these friends stay around to help me pick up the pieces of my life! They know Jesus - He is our Savior.
I found out that I have gifts and talents, natural and supernatural. I am God's child. I was created in His image. Do you know what that means? It means that I look just like my Father! Just like my brother, Jesus. We are sons and daughters of the Most High God! We are kings and priests. We are chosen!
Aren't you glad you were?
If you are reading this and are not sure if you have Jesus in your heart, you can ask Him in right now! Just click here and with all your heart confess the Prayer of Salvation. Don't be afraid, we are truly rich over here, and love meeting new family! Don't wait any longer. God loves you, and so do we! And when you give your life to Christ, all the angels in heaven will rejoice!
"But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted." 1 Peter 2:9-10 Msg
"Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: 'Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!' Count on it—that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God." Luke 15:8-10 Msg