«Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the (Jeremiah I :5).
The story is told of a group of young seminarians who passionately predestination topic. The discussion was so overheated that they formed two teams: one in favor of predestination and the other against it. the middle, a young man remained undecided, not sure which side to he decided to join the team in favor of predestination. When he went to the chose, his classmates asked him:
«Who sent you to our group?»
«Nobody,» he answered. «I’ve come on my own.»
To which the team in favor of predestination replied,
«Of your own free will? No, no, you have to join the opposing group.» When he went to the other team, they asked him:
«Why have you decided to join our team?»
«Actually, the other team sent me,» answered the young man.
«Did they send you? No! No way! You can’t be one of us unless you come own free will.»
Salvation has two steps: God chooses us; in a way He «predestines» then we accept the offer He makes us. The two steps are necessary. The already granted. The second one depends upon each person.
Today’s verse can be perceived through the «predestination»
Lord chose His servant, the prophet Jeremiah, when he began to take shape in his mother’s womb. And though Jeremiah was chosen for the very specific purpose of being God’s prophet, God has chosen every single one of us to be His child. The promise of salvation expands to us all, as the apostle Paul’s words assure us: «having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will» Eph. 1:5). Being offered this gift, we must accept it and make the right choice, «I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life that both you and your descendants may live» (Deut. 30:19).
Eternal salvation is available to all human beings. Jesus died and was resurrected. Now He intercedes on our behalf so our salvation can be guaranteed. What a privilege to know that God knows us and chooses us before we are born. He wants us to be saved! This alone should be a reason for us to have a healthy pride—an unspeakable joy for what God has done for us.
If at times you are tempted to believe you can’t do something, have been chosen and gifted since you were in your mother’s womb chose you. You only have to choose Him.