For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Ephesians 1:4 NIV
Do you remember going outside for recess as a child? All the kids line up, teams are chosen. Where did you stand in that picture? Were you the captain, chosen first, somewhere in the middle? Or were you picked last. Well, you weren't really chosen. You were the last person standing. So a particular team had to take you.
Some people feel that way with God. They feel like an after-thought… like God had to pick them. They do not sense the personal initiative God has toward them. The truth is, however, that God was thinking about you before the creation of the world. His choosing of you was incredibly premeditated. God picked you to be on his team, to be in his family, long before the world was even founded.
God's thoughts toward you didn't stop though. David says in Psalm 139:17-18, "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you." How much is God thinking about you? Try counting up all of the grains of sand at your local beach, and then extend that t-o the beaches of the world. God is thinking about you, his precious child, A LOT.
_The fact of God's choosing of you and the knowledge of his many precious thoughts toward you gives you great purpose. Your life has meaning, because the infinite God thinks you are important. His thoughts about you are true and the basis of your identity and purpose. God always intended for you to know and love him. Confirm your purpose today by thanking him for choosing you.
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Purpose - 7 Day Devotional