Last night I started to read the book of Ephesians. I only got to verse 4. My mind spun off recalling folks the Lord had chosen. Saul of Tarsus was the first. to come to mind. In Acts 9:15-16 the Lord was speaking to Ananias about Saul. “…he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Saul was persecuting Christians. He was on his way to Damascus to take more to prison to be fed to the lions. God is not a respecter of persons. He chose this man even though he was a murderer. In 1 Timothy 1:15 Paul called himself the chiefest of sinners. No one is exempt from God’s love.
Who else did the Lord choose? Saul the son of Kish was chosen (1 Samuel 9:16) to be the children of Israel’s first. king. David was chosen to replace Saul (1 Samuel 16:12). Gideon was chosen to lead 300 men (Judges 6:14).
Mary was chosen to carry Jesus in her womb ((Luke 1:28-38). Jesus chose 12 disciples out of the multitude of folks who followed Him and heard Him speak. 1 Peter 2:4 is speaking about Jesus. It says, “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious.”
He was rejected that we might be adopted as children of God (Romans 8:15). Ephesians 1:4 says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
Adopted children are hand picked. They are chosen, cherished, nurtured, and loved. John 15:16 says, “You did not chose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
What shall we collectively ask for? As chosen, cherished, and nurtured children of God, let us cry out to the Lord for worldwide revival. This is the season. This is the time. This is the day of salvation!