Chosen of the Lord
Jesse M. Hendley
We are taking up now Ephesians, chapter 1, verses 3 and 4 ''Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world.''
I want to call your attention to that expression, ''according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world.'' The word here translated ''chosen'' is the Greek word meaning to pick out or to choose for one's self.
We read in Luke 10:42 that Mary chose for herself this good part which, Jesus said, should not be taken from her. You remember that Jesus went to the home of Mary and Martha, and while Martha was busy preparing a meal, Mary, who loved the Lord very much, forgot all about the meal. She sat at His Feet listening to His words. Martha came in, all distressed and upset and perhaps just a little irritable, and said, ''Lord, is it nothing to you that my sister has left me with all this burden?'' Then Jesus turned, and very gently and tenderly He rebuked her, saying, ''Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. But Mary hath chosen this good part, which shall not be taken from her.'' What was the thing Mary had chosen? To sit at His Feet and hear His Words.
So often we neglect Christ. Jesus was teaching something of that same lesson when the other Mary came and poured out the costly ointment upon His Feet, and someone said, ''We could have sold this and given the money to the poor!'' But Jesus said, ''The poor you have with you always. Anytime you wish, you can do something for them. But Me ye have not always.'' How little we remember the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ! How little we think about doing something just FOR HIM, and as UNTO HIM. And yet we ought to be thinking of Him and doing things for our Lord. We ought to want to sit at His Feet and hear His words. We ought to want to wors ...
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