Ripe for the Picking
If you want the perfect piece of fruit during watermelon season, you’ve got to know what qualities to look for: First, find one with yellow on the bottom and green on the top. Then, thump the melon and listen—it should sound hollow. Smell the ends of the melon. Does it smell ripe? And look for little marks that indicate bee stings; if there are a lot of them, you’ve got a nice ripe melon.
As believers, we’ve been chosen by God, but He didn’t choose us like fruit in a market. He did not base His decision on our behavior or piety. Blemishes or scars or soft spots—none of that was part of His choice. Our church attendance, tithing records, and how often we brush our teeth did not factor into the equation. Because God chose us before everything.
Paul writes that we were “chosen in [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). I know we could get into some heady discussion about foreknowledge, predestination, and the like, but that's not the important part. What matters is that God made a choice to pick you before you were you. He looked down through history and saw all you ever did and all you ever will do—and He chose you anyway.
Understand what this means. This sets us free to accept His love and mercy. Since His love has been lavished on us without regard for our worthiness, we are freed from performance-based living and can instead serve Him with joy and gladness. By His grace, we have been included and accepted. We can cease striving to earn a place in His family, and simply allow ourselves to be the children of God He planned for us to be.
If you know Jesus as your Savior, then you have been chosen by the power of God’s love, mercy, and grace, and for no other reason. Let that sink in. It will change you. All because of His choice.
Written by Ron Benson