He Chose You

You are a chosen people.
        —1 Peter 2:9

Rejection hurts.

The boy that was always last to be chosen for the team never forgets it. Neither does the girl who navigated high school years without once being asked for a date.

Peanuts comic strips made Charles Schulz rich and famous, but he never shook off the pain of having every drawing he submitted to his school paper rejected.

Henry Kissinger made it big on the world stage, but never got over being the kid nobody wanted to eat lunch with.

If you have suffered the agony of human rejection, balance it with the exhilaration of divine acceptance. God chose you before the creation of the world (Eph. 1:4). “I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isa. 43:1).

He chose you before you chose him.

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