Graciously Chosen

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44

There are so many times that I take for granted my relationship with Christ. He is there when I wake up to a brand new day of His grace and mercy. He is there to pick me up when I fall down after time and time again. It’s hard to imagine what life was like before Jesus came into the picture. To say it bluntly, I have become comfortable having Him by my side.

When I meet people who don’t have that relationship with Christ, I always wonder why. Who in their right mind would pass up the chance of becoming an adopted child of the most Holy King? Who would say no to eternity in heaven?

When Jesus was on earth, there were still people who were blind and deaf to the Truth standing right in front of them. It baffles me to think that the Pharisees and Jews who witnessed Christ’s teachings and miracles front row and center were still able to walk away from Him.

The shocking thing to realize is that I could easily have been one of them. I could have been born into a different time, place, family, etc., and I could have gone through life not knowing the truth of the Gospel. In an alternate reality, I could easily have lived out this life all alone depending on my own feeble efforts and understanding. That is such a terrifying thought.

Knowing what I would have missed out on, the idea of never knowing Jesus makes my chest physically ache. Here’s the reality. I am daily surrounded by lost souls, and I could just as easily have been one of them. Does that mean there is something special about me that I or any other believer deserved to know the Truth than someone else? NOT AT ALL.

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

The ONLY reason that I have a living relationship with my Savior is because of His grace. Yes, of my own volition, I had to make a decision, but an invitation personally from God was necessary first. For that, I will be eternally grateful!

It’s so awesome to see over and over again in the Bible and present circumstances how God uses the runts, the underdogs, the ones no one ever sees coming to be His earthen vessels. To God be the glory! Today if you have a personal relationship with Jesus, be thankful! You are so incredibly loved and blessed to be personally chosen by Him!

 

 

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