“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”. Eph. 1:4,5 (NIV)
When I was in grade school, I was not particularly athletic. When a group of guys would go through the process of picking teams to play football, I was often one of the last to be picked. It was always mortifying to realize that I became part of a team not because I was chosen, but rather because there was no one left but me.
How different it is with God!
First of all, Paul tells us that God chose us before He created us…even before the creation of the world! God didn’t choose us because there was no one else to choose…He chose us because He wanted to! He chose us out of love.
But even beyond that, God didn’t just choose us and then forget about us. There is a goal behind His choosing. He has plans for us. Paul goes on to tell us that God chose us “…to be holy and blameless…”. To be holy and blameless sounds impossible, and without the Holy Spirit…it is impossible. When we come into a relationship with Jesus Christ, we immediately become holy and blameless in God’s eyes because He no longer sees us but instead sees His perfect son.
However, there is also a practical aspect of holiness that God desires for us.
Even though God now sees His son when He looks at us, He also wants us to strive toward holiness and blamelessness in this life.
As physicians and surgeons, we are expected by our patients to strive toward blameless work in our care of patients. Yet, we will fall short of perfection in our practice of medicine. However, it would never mean that we suddenly stop trying to improve. In the same way, as followers of Jesus, we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit to progress toward holiness and blamelessness.
Our motivation should come out of a sense of thankfulness that God has chosen us…not because there was no one else, but out of love…for a purpose.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for choosing me. Help me move toward holiness, so that I can live a life that is blameless before You.