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Election

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit. - John 15:16

"The branch does not choose the vine or decide on which vine wit will grow. The vine brings forth the branch, as and where it will. Even so Christ says: 'Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you'...If He had not chosen us, we would never have chosen Him....If we want to know Christ as the true Vine, the sole origin and strength of the branch life, and ourselves as branches in our absolute, most blessed, and most secure dependence upon Him, let us drink deeply of this blessed truth: 'Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you'...I chose you. Lord, teach me what this means - that You have set Your heart on me and chosen me to bear fruit that will abide and to pray prayer that will prevail. In this Your eternal purpose my soul would rest itself and say:" - Murray

We pride ourselves on being Christians...but what did we really have to do with choosing that?  What do we have to boast in?  What place does pride have in our lives?  Nothing.  It was nothing of us, and all of God. I pray that I will see both sides of the coin: God choosing me....and then me accepting His choice. 


Sometimes we get bogged down in all the questions that arise from the idea of election, like what about free will and how about that relative that God seemingly hasn't "chosen"? 


What if we simple just believed (because it is clearly taught) and rested in the idea of election.  Rest in the fact that my heavenly Father has CHOSEN me....let that sink in~even when I was dead in my transgressions, God chose me.  What a sense of peace and comfort.  How often do I say "No one cares..." What foolishness!  God cares...enough to choose me.