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Then & Now - Week of July 6

  • 2009 Jul 06

"Three Big Words"
Ephesians 1:3-6

When I was a single man in college, I had a group of friends who thought it was their duty to invite me to meet their very eligible cousin. She played the piano and had a heart for ministry.

So I reluctantly agreed to go. In the morning, my buddy and I met the rest of the family at a restaurant. But as soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we met up with the other family members and learned, “She’s engaged.” So I spent the rest of the day with a family on their holiday not really sure why I was there. Ten years later we all laugh about it, but it was a bit awkward at the time.

You probably have similar stories of being at a gathering of people, a party, somewhere and not really feeling welcome.

But here’s what’s cool about being a part of God’s family. You’re welcome. In fact, the Bible uses a powerful word to describe how the Heavenly father feels about you being born again into His family. Chosen.

You’re chosen. God wanted you. You didn’t come to faith in Christ by accident. God not only sent Jesus Christ to pay for your salvation. He also sent the Holy Spirit to draw you to Himself. And then he chose you, for a special purpose, a special calling, so that you’re life would glorify Him. You’re not an accident. You’re not a statistic. You’re not a number.

So next time you feel left out, unaccepted, unloved, know this. God loves you and wants you to be in His family.

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at

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