In the Word
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you … (1 Thessalonians 1:4).
Of the Word
“Choose me! Choose me!” the teacher hears as she decides who will be first in line. “Choose me! Choose me!” yell the audience members at the game show. “Choose me! Choose me!” is the thought behind every dream house entry placed in the mail.
“It never happens to me,” you may think, when in fact, it already has. From the beginning of time, God chose you to be His own. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you … (1 Thessalonians 1:4). The Father created you specifically. The Son, Jesus Christ, willingly died for you on the cross. The Holy Spirit keeps you in the true faith every day. No random acts of fate. You have been chosen.
If you feel lost in the crowd, remember that you are first in His heart. If life’s prizes pass you by, remember that you have the crown of righteousness in Christ. If your abode on earth is humble, remember the mansion in heaven that awaits you. You are God’s precious child. You have been chosen.
Walking with my Lord
Thank You, God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — for the undeserved grace and favor I receive as Your chosen child. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: From Quiet Times to Noisy Love. Jan Struck, author. 7/30 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.