'You did not choose me, but I chose you...' John 15:16 NIV
God knows everything about you, the good, the bad and the ugly - but he chose you anyway. How amazing is that? It's also a truth that's very difficult to hold onto when you're having a bad day or feel far from God.
So what does it mean to be chosen? (1) You are considered totally individual and unique! Have you ever felt like just a face in a crowd? Each one of us has a desperate desire to be special, to be noticed, to be the most important person to someone else. With God, everybody is a somebody. To him there are no misfits, rejects or second class citizens. (2) You have something individual to contribute. Chosen people are significant. In sports teams those picked first are chosen for a good reason, because they will make most difference. You have been chosen because there is a job which you will be best at. (3) You are wanted by God. You are chosen because God wants you. No matter what others think or what you've been told, the unchanging, everlasting God has chosen you.
So what now? In God's plan, you are chosen to be in relationship with him, and to be part of serving in his plan for humanity. You are chosen so that all other lives are changed for the better. What a privilege! So, when you're having a bad day, say out loud, 'I am chosen, loved and here to do a great job!'
Soulfood: 1 Sam 5:1 - 6:16, Rev 11:15-19