“The word of the Lord came to me: I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 139:16
God is speaking to Jeremiah and addressing his insecurities. We all have them, and God sees every one of them. He saw us before we were born and knows every intimate detail about us down to the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). That’s impressive, who knows how many quadrillion hair follicles we have on our head? Whenever I read this scripture verse, I imagine God sitting by a stream of water dreaming up His next creation. As flawed as we feel we are, we are His most valued creation. God calls us, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
When God looked upon His creation He said, “It is good indeed.” (Genesis 1:31) Sin may have caused a lot of damage, but we don’t have to live under it’s rule any longer when we accept God into our lives. God sees past all the flaws and looks straight into our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). Adam and Eve felt no shame until sin crept in (Genesis 3:11). We are all children of God, but we also have free will to choose for our lives. Though He created us, and calls us His own, we still have a choice to choose Him or the world. When someone adopts a child, it’s not the same as having a biological child. It’s more special than that. Sin separated us from God, but He still wants us, He chooses us. When Jesus died on the cross, He could have chosen to save himself, but He chose us. He sees our worth, even if we can’t see it ourselves. He looked at the thief on the cross and had mercy on Him, because He saw something in him (Luke 23:43). One of my favorite scripture verses is in Romans 8:15:
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”
All we need to do is cry out to our Heavenly Father and He hears us and draws near to us. He longs to be with us. It doesn’t matter how far off you have strayed He will welcome you back with open arms, just as the prodigal son’s father accepted him regardless of where he had been. He was just happy his son was finally home (Luke 15:11-32). For all you parents out there I think you can grasp this picture. Think of how you feel about your children, that doesn’t even compare to the love God has for us. If you have ever adopted a child, you know the challenges that can come with. Most children are sent back into the vicious circle of looking for homes. God doesn’t wash his hands of us, He sees us through even at our worst if we allow Him. We can’t do anything to earn God’s love, it is freely given.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift, not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
I’ve often heard about the alcoholic’s anonymous groups where you stand up and say my name is _____and I am an alcoholic. There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting you have an issue and I’m certain AA has helped many people. But you don’t have to live there. When you come to God, and He delivers you from something, you don’t keep it as a memento. We can now say, “Hi my name is _____ and I am child of the most-high God! We are defined by him and him alone. What Jesus did on the cross gave us the ability to live free from the bondage of sin. He died for EVERYONE, not some, EVERYONE. When you can grasp what the cross did for us, you will see that you are chosen. God loves us so much; He sent His son to die for our sins that we might live abundant lives on earth and have an eternity with Him in heaven (John 3:16). He has already chosen you, from the beginning of time. Will you choose Him?
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19