God Has Chosen You

Ephesians 1:4

Introduction

Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be his very own, through what Christ would do for us.

I. You have been chosen

  1. Whether it is sand lot football or the academy awards we all want to be chosen.
  2. In life when one is chosen, others are excluded.
    1. With God all are chosen, none are excluded.
    2. The Lord... is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
  3. There is no doubt that God wants us even though we are unworthy.

II. You were chosen before God made the world

  1. Before God made the world means that He was thinking about us—planning for us.
    1. He created the world for us to have dominion over all things.
    2. Knowing what we would do, He planned ahead for our redemption.
  2. God paid a big price to let us be free moral agents to think and choose for ourselves.
    1. Most of us would have made robots that we could control.
    2. God controls the universe but gives man his freedom.
  3. Read Psalm 139 in The Living Bible.
    1. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. It is amazing to think about (verse 13).
    2. You saw me before I was born (verse 16).
    3. How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly (verse 17).
  4. God made man to have fellowship with Him, but man focused on what is in it for himself and broke the fellowship.
  5. Think of what God had in mind before He created us and His world. Compare that with what we have in mind for the world and ourselves. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 55:8).

III. We are as His chosen ones

  1. "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9).
  2. "Many are invited, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14).
  3. "So dear brothers, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen, and then you will never stumble or fall away" (2 Peter 1:10, TLB).
  4. Final victory for the chosen. "Together they will wage war against the Lamb, and the lamb will conquer them; for He is Lord over all lords, and King of kings, and His people are the called and chosen and faithful" (Revelation 17:14, TLB).

Illustrations

After eleven years of marriage and no children, we adopted our first son. He was three weeks old. At an early age we stressed to him that he was chosen. Later we had two girls of our own. He told our daughters that he was better than them because he was chosen and we had to take them.

We are all chosen by God.

Independence Day: The Nation Whose God Is the Lord

Psalm 33:12

Introduction

While this verse may have originally applied to the nation of Israel, it is obvious that the principle here applies to any nation or to all nations.

I. A Godless Nation

  1. Many say that our nation is godless. There is certainly much to suggest that this saying is true.
    1. There is such a lowering of moral standards that many do not at all take seriously the Ten Commandments.
    2. There is a disregard for personal property.
    3. There is a disregard for personal purity.
    4. There is even a disregard for human life.
    5. There is a disregard for laws, whether man's or God's.
  2. The thought of a godless nation is chilling.
    1. It is like shepherdless sheep.
    2. It is like a fatherless child.

II. The Nation That Is not Godless at All

  1. One might say that our nation is not godless. The problem is that the nation has too many gods.
    1. There is the god of success.
    2. There is the god of money.
    3. There is the god of pleasure.
    4. There is the god of sex.
    5. There is the god of fame.
    6. There is the god of power.
  2. With so many gods, is it surprising that the one true God is forgotten?

III. The Nation Whose God Is the Lord

  1. When the text was written there were many gods. Most nations had several. Some had hundreds.
  2. Jehovah declares again and again that He is a zealous God and will permit no rivals. This idea of monotheism changed the world.
  3. What is necessary for a nation to be able to say that their God is the Lord?
    1. They must honor His laws.
    2. They must respect His name.
    3. They must honor His day.
    4. They must respect His house.
    5. Above all, they must respect Him!
  4. What is the result when a nation honors God?
    1. They have less turmoil and unrest within.
    2. They have more compassion for helping those who are without.
    3. They have a heightened sense of security.
    4. Perhaps we have yet to see how many blessings might come to any nation that takes this text seriously.

Conclusion

On a day when one looks back to the founding of this nation; on a day when we are grateful for the wisdom and the sacrifices of the past; it is good to look ahead to what can be in the future.

Illustration

The makers of caps have gone beyond advertising to putting some humorous and whimsical mottoes on their products. One cap said, "I am Their Leader. Which Way Did They Go?"

Someone has humorously suggested that if native Americans had had a more strict immigration policy our country wouldn't be in the mess it is now! Since most of us are descended from immigrants, we can be thankful that our ancestors did get to come to this land. We should not be surprised that other people want to come and share our freedoms, nor should we be selfish in sharing them.