Devotional

“I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:1-2.

Every day, there are children being adopted into loving families all across the country. Others continue to hope to be adopted someday. Imagine sitting in a foster care facility wanting more than anything to be part of a family and wondering when your turn will come and you will be chosen.  

I was chosen by God as John 15:16 says, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you….” That prompts an obvious question: “Why? Why would God choose me? What goodness or merit did God see in me that He would choose me? I don’t see anything really unique or special within myself that makes me deserving of being chosen. We are all sinners.  “…We all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23). He knew us inside and out. He knew my messes and your messes. The book of Romans says, that He chose us and died for us even while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8) He knew my passions and your passions, everything about us, and I believe that God chose us, not because we are good, or because we are more holy than another person, but because He loves us. 

God chose you because He wants to do something with your life. You aren’t here by chance, nor are you here just to live for yourself without any thought of God.

God chose you and me to bear fruit. The last half of John 15:16 says, “…I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” The last command Jesus gave to His disciples was this: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) 

The most important thing that Christians can do to change the world is to tell others about Jesus. The only way to change the world is to change individuals. Changed people, in sufficient numbers, will produce changed campuses, changed communities, changed cities, states, and nations. We can help to change the world by introducing people to Jesus Christ.

Discussion Question:

  1. God chose you to demonstrate His character. He chose you that you may know Him and love Him. He chose you because He is love, He is gracious, He is merciful, and He has a glorious plan for you. Agree or disagree and why?