Monday, May 21, 2018

I Choose You


By Andrea Merrell

 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ,
we have received an inheritance from God,
for he chose us in advance,
and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
Ephesians 1:11 NLT

There’s nothing worse than being picked last for a team.

Never very athletic, I remember many times in school when I would be the last person standing, waiting to see whose team I would be on purely by default. I always wondered how the first person picked felt when the team captain said, “I choose you.”

Everyone wants to feel valuable. We want to be picked for the team, trusted with delegated responsibility, and validated for what we bring to the table. We long to be first. To make it to the top. To be successful.

But in reality, what is the praise and applause of man? It’s shallow, temporary, and fickle.

The good news is God knew us before we were ever conceived. He chose us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) and has promised to never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

When the applause and approval of man fades away, God still sees us as valuable, special, unique, and of great worth. He proved this once and for all by sending His Son to pay the price for all of our wrongs.

Don’t ever be discouraged when man passes you by. Regardless of your abilities or attributes, God says, “I choose you!”

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