You have been chosen.
By the God of the universe…He chose you before the foundation of the world. And not just “you”, the “struggling, trying hard, want to do good you.” Or the “oops, I stumbled again” you. This also includes the “boy have I really blown it, no one is as bad as me” you. THAT you. I’m trying to tell you about the HOLY AND BLAMELESS you. THAT is who He selected, HE CHOSE YOU before the world was ever formed.
Maybe that’s old news. Maybe it doesn’t knock your socks off. But it does me.
Every so often I just get hit with that realization anew. And it’s mind-boggling. What PEACE that brings…why is there any stress in this life when we are assured of our place in eternity?
If you aren’t aware, it’s all in His plan. But oh wait, that’s right. He only accepts perfection. Blameless people. That lets you out? Not really.
He cannot abide sin. Not even a little white lie. (Most of mine are actually ugly, crunchy black things). So He devised the plan to send His own Son to pay the penalty—which is death—for my sins and yours. The plan goes like this: Jesus, God’s son, came in a miraculous way, lived a perfect, sinless life. Then He was put to death in a tortuous way. And in His death He assumed all of your sins. All of my sins. All the sins of the world’s people.
He carried those sins to the grave; conquered death and left them there. Then he got up; he came back from the dead and went back to heaven, get this: to prepare a place for you. And when you accept this, when you truly believe this and accept Him as the One who has saved you, you join the ranks of the holy and blameless. Isn’t that amazing?
If you’d like to know more, please leave me a comment. But it’s all in the Bible. Start with John 3:16 if you like, and go on from there. In fact, he comprised the whole thing into that one verse: “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” See, I had to use 7 paragraphs, he used one sentence.
So. Now. Put your socks back on. And have a blessed day.