I discovered an awesome show called “Extreme Weight Loss”. I watch it with tears in my eyes throughout. In the last episode I saw (season 3, episode 3) there were many echoes of statements that all people I know who have been blessed with a miracle make.
The overweight man miraculously survived a horrendous car accident. At the hospital, the doctors were stunned and repeated, “We don’t even know why you’re here”. I know those of us who survive have those thoughts too. But I also know the answer. We are hear to proclaim what the Lord has done (Psalm 118:17). That is my new career and I am thrilled to go to work each day.
Later the man was feeling bad about himself and said, “I feel like I’m totally wasting my second chance”. We all know what to do about that at this point. Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
His personal trainer reported, “He lost his arm but he still has that spark of hope”. We have that spark of hope too. Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Finally, the trainer in the show told him, “I choose you, Buddy”. The trainer was talking about selecting the man to be a client for the show. But it is exactly what God says to us. It isn’t because we are worthy. In fact, all are invited to walk with God, but few really go through with it (Mth 22:14). Ephesians 1:4, “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.” It is so sweet to be chosen for this life, and I know I forget that sometimes. But if the angels can rejoice about it, so can we. And I hope you all do just that.
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of God’s angels when just one sinner repents.” Luke 15:10