“Dear brothers and sisters, you are dearly loved by God and we know that he has chosen you to be his very own.” (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
When I say the following words, what comes to your mind? Second Grade. Gym class. Kick ball. Picking teams.
For me, these words druge up a lot of negative memories and emotions. They contain one of my least favorite stories from elementary school .
I remember standing in a straight line with my classmates in the school gymnasium. The teacher told us it was time to pick teams. Two students were chosen as “team captains” and they were responsible for picking teams for the kick ball game that was about to ensue.
What a mortifying feeling. Just thinking about it makes me cringe. Standing there waiting to be picked. Waiting to be chosen.
Being picked first made you good, right!? If you were popular or a good addition to the team, a team captain would pick you first. It meant that you were desirable. Wanted. Necessary. Needed. Crucial. The further down the picking order you go, the less wanted, necessary, needed and crucial you were.
It never failed. I was always one of the last kids left. This always left me feeling unwanted, insignificant and just plain undesirable.
I wish I could go back and have a conversation with my 7-year-old self. The things I would tell her sound a lot like the things I tell my kids today. You are chosen. You are wanted. You are dearly loved. You are chosen to be my very own.
This is exactly what God is telling His children in 1 Thessalonians 1:4 and its what He wants you to hear even still today.
You are dearly loved by God and He has chosen you to be His very own.
Let that sink in.
I know what you may be thinking. “But He didn’t answer my prayer for XYZ”. Or “But He didn’t give that (insert whatever) that I really really wanted.”
I hear you and I get it. My husband and I cried out for almost 2 years for healing. And it didn’t happen. We waited on the Lord for so long only to end up exactly where we started. Total laryngectomy. My voice taken. If anyone out there feels differently than what this verse says, it’s me. I didn’t feel loved and chosen when I woke up from the anesthesia and realized the supernatural healing so many has been praying for didn’t happen.
Here’s the truth that will set you free. God’s Word supersedes our emotions. God’s Word is the standard. The constant. Our emotions can trick us.
The fact is that we, my brother or my sister, are deeply and affectionately loved by an everlasting and amazing God. He chose us before the foundation of the world. When Jesus hung on that tree to become the curse of the Law for us, he saw all our seemingly hidden moments. Those moments we think are secret, as he stretched out His arms allowing himself to be nailed to that tree, he saw them. Yet he still laid down.
He chose me.
He loves me deeply.
When no one wants me on their team, He wants me. There’s nothing I can do to be separated from His amazing love. Glory!!
So today, as you about your day, I want you to keep telling yourself this. “I am deeply loved. I am chosen by God regardless.”
Lord, thank you for loving me. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you that way back 2000+ years ago as your Son lay dying on the tree that even though He saw my secret places, He chose me. He laid Himself down for me despite anything I’ve done or will do. You are love. I rejoice that I am chosen. I rejoice that I am truly, affectionately and deeply loved by you. Holy Spirit, help me to see myself with God-esteem instead of esteem found inside myself. Help me to know the truth of what your Word says about me. Write it on my heart. Amen.
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