What Does it Mean to be Chosen by God?

Have you wondered, what does it mean to be chosen by God? I hope so because it is a life-changing question that will lead you on a journey of revelation and growth.

Nothing is required for us to be chosen by God. Jesus already accomplished our salvation over 2000 years ago on a cross.

I always knew this truth, but understanding God’s love for me was illustrated and became real through the adoption of our son from Mongolia.


On a chilly day in April 2006 my husband, Cory, entered a Mongolian orphanage. He walked around the clean, sterile environment and noticed the children observing him.  This tall, strange man suddenly appeared in their very private world.

Baby-what does it mean to be chosen by GodHe walked around with many small eyes looking at him as he searched for our son. As his heart ached for the many orphans surrounding him, there was one little boy he had to find.

Out of the many orphans in the room, there was one child destined to be our son. We had already chosen and already loved him.

You are Chosen by God

As my husband entered the nursery, he quickly spotted Bayarra, the name given to our baby boy whose face he had memorized from a single photo sent to us.   As he peered into the crib, Bayarra quizzically looked up at him.

He gently lifted him and embraced his son; a fragile, premature, four-pound baby abandoned at birth. Bayarra’s well-meaning caregivers cautioned us that his development may be affected due to his weak condition.

What they didn’t understand was the power that love and adoption into an eager family would have on his life.

Most of us can relate to feeling alone, confused or worn down by life’s circumstances. We seek an enveloping acceptance deep in our soul. We want to understand what does it mean to be chosen by God and believe we are special and God’s beloved.

It seems this ache is part of human existence to help us acknowledge our need for a Savior.

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Jesus Chose You

We sometimes let the fear of being ignored and forgotten define us more than the assurance that we are chosen and loved. But we have a Deliverer who never forgets us and always chooses to call us His own.

Jesus chose you!

When Jesus came to earth and died, Jesus chose us and eagerly awaited our arrival. Once we say yes to God, the story continues as He gently lifts us from places of fear, loneliness, disappointment, and despair.

“My choice is you, God, first and only: and then you made me an heir.”

Psalm 16:5

You are God’s Beloved

Adoption into God’s family makes you an heir to all His promises and you can rest in the knowledge that you are God’s beloved.

You can trust that you are worthy and not an impostor with something to prove. You can fully grasp what does it mean to be chosen by God and walk in contentment and with a purpose!

“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant:God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.

We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us””an unbelievable inheritance!”

Romans 8:15-17

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What Does it Mean to be Chosen by God?  

My adopted son lives with an incredible amount of confidence and expectancy in his life which is rooted in his sense of belonging. He knows what does it mean to be chosen by God and by us. He is free from the trap of feeling unworthy.

As a chosen one, we too can walk with more confidence and a sense of belonging living “adventurously expectant” of what God is doing.

We can pray and ask God to fill us with the assurance of His love so we can walk out our God-given purpose.

“So, what do you think? With God on our side how can we lose?”

Romans 8:31

Do you understand what does it mean to be chosen by God and that you are God’s beloved? I pray this story of adoption touches you and helps you live in the reality of God’s love for you.

For further reading on God’s love for you, the Bible is a great place to start!


Mary Rooney Armand

Mary is the creator and writer for the faith-based blog ButterflyLiving.org. Her writing is featured on multiple websites. She is the author of, “Identity, Understanding, and Accepting Who I Am in Christ”  and “Life Changing Stories“—a collaboration with 34 authors available on Amazon.



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Mary Rooney Armand

Mary Rooney Armand is an Author, Speaker, and Creator of the faith-based blog ButterflyLiving.org. She helps others grow in their intimacy with Christ and thrive in their relationships. Her work is featured on multiple websites including Women of Noble Character, Pray with Confidence, and The Brave Women Series. Mary is the author of, “Identity, Understanding, and Accepting Who I Am in Christ” and, “Life Changing Stories” a collaboration with 34 authors sharing stories of God’s faithfulness. Besides writing, Mary leads small groups and speaks at retreats. She directed Kids Hope USA, a mentoring program for children, worked in marketing and sales, and has led mission trips to Honduras. Mary is a life coach with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and an MBA. She and her wonderful husband Cory live in New Orleans and are the parents of four children, a new daughter-in-law, and two dogs! Connect with Mary on Instagram or Facebook.

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  1. Nikki del Marmol on January 20, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Beautiful story and Truth thank you Mary

  2. Pat Bossier on January 20, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Beautifully said.
    I have been in awe observing you and Cory and your walk with the Lord as God’s children. There has been one testimony after another to what faith combined with action can do for God’s glory.

  3. Heidi on January 20, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Never mind this all occured in the midst of Katrina. It would have been so easy to back off in such an unsettling time, but you leaned even closer to God and saved this precious baby. So.much.love!! And the kind of love that moves mountains!

  4. Noel Bertucci on January 21, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Wonderfully said!

  5. Toni on January 22, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Such an amazing story and a testimony of love. Gods love is so much more than we can ever imagine and I am so thankful for people in my life like you to show us how He always loves and provides.

    • Mary Armand on January 24, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Toni! I am humbled by your love!!

  6. Kathy Carrow on January 24, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Mary my heart overflowed with love while reading your story. It was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Mary Armand on January 24, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Kathy! I don’t think you have met Sawyer. We left Houston before he was adopted.

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