Jason B. Ladd

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The Difficult Truth Series: You Didn’t Choose Him, He Chose You

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After a rigorous evaluation of various worldviews, I have chosen to put my faith in Jesus Christ.” This is a natural line of thinking when a new believer begins his walk with the Lord. He is excited by the promise of new life following his decision for Christ—dare I say, proud. 

This pride seems innocent enough. Why should we not be proud of making a smart decision based on certain truths which have been revealed to us? Isn’t that worth giving ourselves a pat on the back, at least for identifying and rejecting the chaff among the wheat?

Maybe not.

Because although free choice is a reality, we are neither the only ones, nor the first ones doing the choosing.

One day, the new believer reads:

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit” (John 15:16)

Huh?

Didn’t he choose to be a Christian? Couldn’t he have decided otherwise? He reads further:

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (Eph. 1:4-5). 

Chosen before the creation of the world? Predestined for adoption?

He stops patting himself on the back. His pride wanes with the realization that the scope of God’s Creation is much bigger than human choice, and there are other wills at work. He makes it to 2 Thessalonians:

God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 2:13-14). 

Chosen as first fruits to be saved.

And that’s the last day he pridefully claims to have chosen Christianity. Instead, he thanks God in humility for being chosen.

He has embraced the difficult truth:

You didn’t choose Him. He chose you.

And for those who have not yet chosen Him, don’t worry. There is a time for everything.

What makes you want to choose, or reject Him?

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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.