1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV)

26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Ephesians 1:4 (NRSV)

[God] chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.

DEVOTION – Gregg Bunn (Tennessee)

Every day I stand in need of God’s amazing yes.  God does not look at me and say, “Well, you certainly messed up.  You aren’t the kind of Christian,” or the kind of employee, the kind of student, the kind of parent “that I expected.”   God is not indecisive about whether I am worthy of love.  On the contrary, even in spite of my sinfulness, God says yes to my worth.

To fallen and sinful people, God continually says yes.  God says yes to people that I have not met.  We might shy away from a homeless person or a starving man in Haiti or a woman dying of AIDS in Uganda or a child who rummages through a landfill searching for clothes.  But to all these and to all of us, God says yes.  All of us are created in God’s image; each one of us is valued and cherished.

By receiving God’s yes in Jesus Christ, I am able to say yes to others and to myself.  In the dark moments of life when I feel like damaged goods; when I feel I am no longer meeting my or God’s standards and expectations; when I feel lost, lonely, or rejected, I know without a doubt what God’s unwavering work to me is yes.  And it is the only answer.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Where do you hear God’s amazing yes in your life?

PRAYER:  Good and gracious God, thank you for your amazing yes! Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Those Who Feel Not Good Enough

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