For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5)

Dear Beloved,

Almost every elementary school student has gone through the horrific and exhilarating experience on the playground of “Captain’s Choice.” Young people stand around in a group while two of their peers decide whether or not they will be “chosen”. Sheer joy comes when you are one of the first selected while fear and rejection accompanies those near the end or not chosen at all. This playground experience often trickles over to the rest of life in which we are always trying to prove ourselves to others so that we may be “chosen.” Have you ever felt the rejected?

Beloved, hear the good news from God’s Word. Paul writes, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you.” Do not live for the approval of others, but know that you have already been chosen by God. You know you are chosen when you believe in the good news of Jesus Christ with the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Take a moment to breathe in the sweet aroma of acceptance by the Holy, God of the Universe. We are not accepted because we were one of the best on playground, but rather because of the gracious love of God the Father in the face of Jesus Christ. We have been chosen in Jesus Christ. Beloved, rejoice in God’s gracious and merciful choice in sending His Son to rescue you.

In Christ,

Pastor Dave