There is a term that is common in the Theological world in reference to our “election” as believers in God. This comes from the understanding of God “choosing” us. Ephesians 1:4-6 states
“for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love. He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.”
God chooses people throughout the telling of His interactions with humanity across history. He creates Adam and chooses him and his wife to have dominion over all the earth. He chooses Noah to be the restart of humanity after its long fall. He chooses Abram to begin His saving work. He chooses Moses to save the people who were the fulfillment of His promise. He chose the Israelites to be His people and vehicle of blessing and salvation for the world. He chose Joshua to lead His people to fulfill his promise to Abram. He chose the Judges to rescue His people from their poor choices. He chose David and certain other kings to lead His people. He chose prophets to call out to His people and urge them to return to Him. Through Jesus He chose the twelve who would bring His message to the world. Now He choses each of us to carry forward his redemptive and saving work.
However, what is often missed in these tellings is the role that we play in this election. Paul’s choice of the term ‘election’ was for a specific reason. Just as a person elected to a position of governance and authority can refuse that election, so too can we. When we learn that God has chosen us, as it was with all those He chose in the past, it is up to us to then choose Him.
We are called to respond to what He has already done. God has already “won” in the fight we perceive. Through Jesus, God’s redemptive work has been fulfilled, and through His resurrection we are brought into a new life. But this new life can only be received. We have to be willing to receive what is already there.
We can’t do anything to bring it about, it already happened. We can’t do anything to make it better, for there is nothing better. We can’t do anything to earn it as it has already been offered. All that God calls us to do is choose Him, as he has already chosen us.
Have you chosen God? If not, why haven’t you? He has already chosen you. He calls out to you, having already displayed His love for you in all creation, in His actions in history, in His willingness to forgive. All He desires is to be in a close and loving relationship with you, and to carry that relationship on into eternity. He loves you so much, He will give you the eternity to desire, whether that is an eternity with Him, or an eternity without Him.
It is our place to choose Him not because our act of choosing does anything for us. God has already done all the work. We are to choose Him in response to Him having already chosen us! Those who chose God do so because they have come to realize (to see what has been revealed) that God has already chosen them. He has already chosen you. Return the favor and follow Him.