I have this joke with some of my friends about being "chose,” a play on the word “chosen.” We call each other “chose” whenever one of us looks particularly great or displays “wife-able” characteristics. A friend in this group, single like me, decided that we would start greeting each other as chose. Many people think because we’re single, we haven’t been chosen yet. But can I challenge you like I challenged myself to take a closer look at what it means to be chosen in Christ?
I did some research on the word "chosen." Webster’s definition is "one who is the object of choice or of divine favor: an elect person." "Divine favor" and "elect person" stood out to me. As a believer, I know that God's divine favor rests upon me when I seek after Him. I also know that God's divine favor was shown to me before I was even born. Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” As believers, this is one of the fundamentals of our relationship with God. I think the importance and value of this very act can sometimes be overlooked. God gave His one and only son for not just one or two of us, but for humanity. He gave His son, someone of great value to Him, for our lives. This must mean He has placed great value on our lives as well. Psalm 5:12 reads, "Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." We were made righteous through God's ultimate sacrifice and under that righteousness we receive His divine favor. All we're required and asked to do is to invite Him into our life. This kind of grace must be favor and it surrounds those who are followers of Christ.
The next step in my exploration of the meaning of chosen was to dig deeper into the second part of the word's definition. The first thing that came to mind when I heard "elect person" is our elected officials, those we elect to hold political office. In this instance, we choose someone to hold a position by voting. Is it possible that God chooses us to hold a position in His kingdom in the same way – not by voting, but instead electing us before we were even born? There are so many stories of those Christ singled out to complete certain tasks: Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Israelites, David with Goliath. In these stories, God elected one specific person to carry out a task. In the same way, He has called all of His followers to fulfill His Kingdom purpose.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5). This is one of my favorite scriptures because it not only shows us our identity and purpose in Christ, but it also shows us the very amount of value and consideration God has placed on our lives. We were chosen and set apart before we were even born.
"For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you." (1 Thessalonians 1:4).