The statement never felt right. Still doesn't. I know all about inviting Jesus in my heart, but come on, if He wasn't after me in the first place, would I bother?
People don't like to think Jesus knows all the answers. They talk about how maybe we're just puppets on a string to God. Ok. So what? I'd rather be God's dummy than anything else I can think of. I'm protected, loved, cherished, and I'm allowed and encouraged to be me. In fact, I was created to be me. I was given gifts, talents, and unique abilities that only I possess.
God did all that for me.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:16