God chose you on purpose. What a contrast to so many secular philosophies that people hold on to in our world today! Here are a few that come to mind:
* Evolution is based on randomness and chance. You have no purpose. You’re merely a combination of DNA that happened to appear after millions of years of trial and error, and you’re only here to help make the best genes advance to the next generations so the weak can be weeded out and the strong survive.
* Good luck! We toss this phrase and philosophy around wildly. You’ve got a big test tomorrow? Good Luck! You’re meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time? Good Luck! You’re turn is up at bat in the beer league softball game? Good Luck! You’re going to have a baby? Good Luck! While you’re at it go ahead and knock on some wood, toss some salt over your shoulder, and keep wearing those lucky undies until things start to go wrong.
* You’ve got to look out for #1. Many people go through life believing that nobody else is going to do anything for you so you better do what you can for yourself. Climb the corporate ladder, and step on as many people as you can on your way up. Make enough money to take care of yourself and have a good time. Do whatever you want and do whatever it takes to be happy.
These philosophies are all prevalent in our society today. They all leave people lost and wanting. Evolution leaves one without purpose. Luck runs out. Happiness is fleeting and often leads to loneliness and just greed for more. In contrast, Ephesians 1 reminds us that there is so much more to life because God chose you on purpose! You have meaning. Your life is in God’s hands. Your future is secure in Jesus!
Dear Jesus, thank you for choosing me, on purpose! Amen.