"For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you," (1 Thessalonians 1:4, ESV)
How is this for reality, "For we KNOW that God has chosen you"? Do you know this and believe it? God chose YOU! Do you ever "feel" like your not worth much? Remember that God chose you! Ever think that no one cares? Remember that God chose you! Isn't God good? I'm going to stop here because I don't want you to think I am going to get into this fluffy rant about, "How special you are" and so on. That's not the point. God didn't choose you because you are special or because you are a likeable person or even because he saw a great potential in you to do great things for the Kingdom. So why did God chose you? Because He is God, He is good and He is full of grace. In his grace He reached down and saved you, FOR HIS GLORY. Why did He choose you and not your neighbor next door? I would answer, you don't know that he hasn't chosen your neighbor next door. This is why we are to take the Gospel and preach it. We are to plant the seeds of faith and then let God do the rest. We certainly cannot save anyone, but we can certainly introduce them to the saving faith of Christ.
Some people have a problem with believing that God chose them and not vice versa. Jesuse said "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you." (John 15:16, ESV) God chose you unto salvation. He gave you the faith to believe. You are saved and redeemed. You have the freedom to turn your back on sin. You are free to choose to do good works. You are free from the bondage of sin and Satan. Through God's sovereign grace, if you are a follower of Jesus, you are now truly free.
I personally don't have a problem with theological issues like sovereignty, election and predestination because they are biblical. I have not found in the Bible the doctrine of us choosing God, everywhere I look it talks about God choosing humanity. You may not understand why but take comfort in knowing this. God chose you! I love what Warren Weirsbe wrote, "A seminary professor once told me, 'Try to explain election, and you may lose your mind. But explain it away—and you may lose your soul!”
Random though of the day... God chose me by His grace. This does, in many ways, make me special.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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