Looking out from the top of Mt. Jumbo
"Long before [God] laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son." 
~ Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG

"But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted."
~ 1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG

We are called chosen. 

God wants us.  Deeply.  

He does not begrudgingly accept us with a sigh.  He does not roll His eyes and put up with us.  He doesn't love us out of obligation.  He doesn't tally up wrongs.


Instead, He desires us.  He plans out blessing for us.  He loves with abandon and without obligation.

We are called chosen, friends.

Rest in that.

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