A few years ago, three songwriters handed Lauren Daigle, a Christian artist, some lyrics they wanted her to consider for a new song. The lyrics talked about how Jesus pleads our case before God. He wipes out everything we’ve done wrong. He gave his life so we can be free. How can that be? The message moved her. If you Google Lauren’s performance of “How Can It Be,” I bet it will move you too.
The more you’re aware of your own spiritual brokenness, the more you’ll ask the same question. How can it be that God would choose someone like me? How can it be that the eternal Father, who was perfectly content without me, would nevertheless want to spend the rest of eternity with me? How can that be?
I don’t know, but elected/chosen/wanted is exactly what Paul says you are as a Christian: “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect . . .” (Titus 1:1). The teaching of election (that God chooses us to spend forever with him) baffles the mind while it also uplifts the heart. Logic can’t quite make sense of it all, but we love to remember the truth that pops up on so many pages of the Bible. God elected us! God chose us! God wants to be with us!
How can that be? I have no clue, but I love it anyway. Don’t you?