“You are chosen by God and defined by love” was a motto that I believed and embraced. But deeply owning this truth of God’s love for us was illustrated and became real to me through the adoption of our son.
He was Chosen
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 who suddenly appeared in their very private world.
He walked around with small eyes on him looking 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 destined to be our child; he was chosen.
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 believe we are chosen, beloved and special.
It seems this ache is part of human existence to help us acknowledge our need for a Savior.
Jesus Chose Us
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.
When Jesus came to earth and died, Jesus chose us, and eagerly awaits our arrival. Once we say yes to God, the story continues as He gently lifts us from places of loneliness and despair.
“My choice is you, God, first and only…and then you made me an heir.”
We are Adopted and Heirs
Adoption into God’s family makes us heirs to all His promises. We can trust that we are worthy, beloved and not impostors with something to prove.
“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!”
How Do We Live as God’s Chosen?
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 he is loved and 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?”
Do you believe that you are chosen and defined by love? I pray this story of adoption touches you and helps you live in the Reality of God’s love for you.
Mary Rooney Armand loves to write inspiring, faith based stories. She focuses on helping others grow in their intimacy with Christ and thrive in their personal relationships. Mary lives in New Orleans with her husband Cory and four children. Besides writing, she teaches Bible Studies and leads small groups. In 2020 she created ButterflyLiving and a Bible Study titled “Identity” which is available on Amazon. To learn more visit maryarmand.com.