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"He chose us" (Eph. 1:4).

The limousine had drawn up at the pavement adjacent to the florist's shop, with its wonderful display of flowers, ferns and plants. The chauffeur opened the door and with gentle step the lady, pausing momentarily to look in the window, entered the shop. When she emerged she was not, as anticipated, carrying a bouquet of orchids or rare roses, but a little cactus plant. It did seem an odd thing for a lady of her means to choose such a humble plant.

"Ye did not choose Me", said the Lord Jesus to some fishermen and others, "but I chose you". Naturally we would think that the Lord might have done better to have chosen the wise, the learned and great to be His disciples. Surely they would have been able to influence more people. Yet the Scripture is definite, "God chose the foolish things of the world, that He might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that He might put to shame the things that are strong; and the base things of the world, and the things that are despised, did God choose, yea and the things that are not, that He might bring to nought the things that are: that no flesh should glory before God".

And He chose me Lord. I certainly have nothing to boast about; I can never thank Thee enough for all Thine undeserved kindness to me. What can I render unto Thee for all Thy benefits toward me? "Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, 0 man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:7-8).