You often hear, “I chose Jesus as my Lord and Savior.”
The meaning of this statement is rather, “I chose to do the things I’m being told to do in order to make myself believe that I’m doing things Jesus would approve.”
And here’s Jesus’ affirmation to his early followers which is no different than what he’s saying to those of today,
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16)
It’s not that you need to make a “choice”. Instead, you need to rejoice in Jesus for empowering you to believe in Him. Faith is a gift from God, not our choosing of God.
It’s not that you were spiritually dead and made a choice. But that
“… you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2)
We can’t choose God like someone pick and choose his slave at the slave market. God chose us, and in doing so, we became his servant through the blood of Jesus Christ.
I celebrate God’s choice, not mine. I’m not sure about you. But I didn’t choose God. He chose me.
Abraham didn’t choose God. God chose him. Paul didn’t choose God. God chose him.
If we were to ever choose God, then he would become our slave, at least in our mind. That’s exactly what happens when we think that we had chosen God. With this mentality, we command God, like commanding a slave, to do as we please.
My friends, it’s the other way around. And even better. God called us his children through Christ. And that, we celebrate and rejoice in. Amen.