Day 83

Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29; Luke 6:12-38; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 11:27

God Chose You

Everything is increasingly a la carte. Corporations are continually gathering information on us and developing complex marketing strategies to sell us what we want, even before we realize that we will want it. We like being in charge of making all those choices.

We naturally tend to come at our faith the same way, picking and choosing what seems right, good, and helpful. A great deal of emphasis is placed on making a personal decision for Christ, and then making good and right choices in every aspect of our lives.

But a simple yet profound truth should shape the way you seek, worship, and serve the Lord. He chose you. Just as He chose His twelve disciples, He chose you. Yes, you have a role in receiving that gift of faith. You have a responsibility to be disciplined in how you pursue it and shape your life accordingly. But remember His first free gift of grace: He chose you. Specifically you. Wonderfully you.

Being chosen isn’t easy. Christians suffer hardships and sorrows of all sorts. Those first disciples were poor, rejected, and persecuted their whole lives. Most died for their faith in Jesus. Yet they were driven by an unspeakable joy and confident of their ultimate victory with Him, because He chose them.

Because He chose you, live in this same joy and confidence. Remember that you are following in Christ’s way, not cutting your own path. Let Him lead, answer His call. “Thy will be done.” AMEN.

The Rev. Tim Nunez
Belleview, FL