by: Cindy Ford
John 15:19 If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of this world. That is why the world hates you.
Observation: God's living word. The words are just as important and as relevent today as they were 2000 years ago! Anyone who has turned on the news or has a social media feed has seen this particular scripture come to life in big ways. We see Hollywood, corporations, politics and government choosing who should be loved. Choosing who should be hated. The megaphone of social media makes sure that we all know who is "in" and who is "out", who is loved and who is not.
Application: But I have chosen you... In all of the stress and anxiety of our current times, these words are solace. I close my eyes and rest on that a moment. But I have chosen you. Reassurance. Comfort. But I have chosen you. Acceptance. Love. I can rest on these words and know that I am a part of the kingdom of God. I am chosen by the almighty, the creator of the universe who knew me before I was knit together. But I have chosen you. The ultimate gift.
Prayer: O most gracious and glorious God, thank you. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for loving me. There is nothing about me that deserves your love, let alone the invitation into your divine presence. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your world. And at the same time, I have to ask that you help me to remain of your world. Close my eyes to the darkness and hate of this world in which I walk. Remain steadfast in me as a I do my humanly best to remain steadfast in you. Thank you for choosing me. Amen.