As we continue to think about the wonderful spiritual realities of what God has done for us, today Dave thinks about how God has chosen each of us.
He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (NIV)
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes (NLT)
He chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence. (Passion Translation)
Verses for Reflection:
1 Peter 2:9
- Thinking over your life, how have you fared in the playground team picking (and later life equivalent situations)? Have you been chosen early or late… or last? How has this effected the way you see yourself and your place in the world? Do you face the future confident or insecure?
- Social studies have shown comparison to be one of the least helpful things for our mental health. Other studies have shown that we almost always compare ‘up’ – against people who seem to be doing better than we feel we are. What areas of your life do you do this in?
- Dave says God doesn’t pick us for our value compared to others, but instead because of what he’s put uniquely inside us. It’s interesting that comparison often tries to make us less unique and more conformed to others. Where do you think your unique and how much do you value this aspect of yourself?