The word chosen appears 123 times in the NIV bible, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Hebrew word for chosen is yada which means, “to know or make one known to”. When He chose you, He did so knowing you. It also means “to perceive, see, find, discern, know by experience, recognize, admit, confess, consider and to be wise in.” Painted here is an intricate picture of the state of the Father’s heart and mind when He decided to make you His.
The greek word for chosen is hireo which means “to take for oneself”. He wanted you for Himself. This choice, though, happened long before you were ever given a chance to choose Him first. As a matter of fact, we can never choose Him first. God chooses us. God’s choosing of us is an initiating election to reveal Himself to us. He longs for us to know His heart; to know our King who so desires us.
“ It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”- Ephesians 1:11 (the Message)
If He knows you “by experience”, then His heart should be seen by taking a true examination of yourself. Where are His fingerprints on your design? Can you see His goodness in you? Can you see why He has chosen you? If you cannot, bring that before Him. Ask Him to penetrate your heart and open your eyes to His reality. His Truth is Truth.
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