For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 1st Thessalonians 1:4 NIV
It was nearly the last day of a Christian summer camp. The children had done a number of exciting activities like BMX racing and rock-climbing in Yosemite National Park. But this day was special for two young people. They were chosen out of all the children in the camp, to return to cliffs once more. The organizers wanted to take some pictures and the selected kids had the privilege of one more day of climbing. They were overjoyed to have the added experience and to be the ones chosen. Do we know how they felt? Have we realized that we too are chosen?
It is a wonderful thing indeed to know that you are specially selected. But how does one know that they have been chosen by God? The Christian can tell, not because they wear the name. They can tell not because they hear a lot of promises. We know that we are loved by God when we start to feel that same love for Him welling up within us. We know we are the chosen ones of God when our hearts reach out for Him like a child to our parent. We know that the Lord has personally selected us when we sense the spark of intrigue to come unto Christ and get to know Him. We are the blessed and the privileged ones when we see our need for Jesus. Who wants to be the chosen ones today?
Thank You for choosing us! Now fan that tiny spark You lit in our hearts into a burning flame of desire for You, we pray!