So Loved that Nothing Can Keep You From Him by Pastor Wayne Giroux
In February, my daughter’s teacher sent home a list of children in her class so that we could send Valentine’s Day cards to every child. Your school Valentine’s Day experience may have been the same, but mine was very different. I’m not saying the old way was better, but when I was in elementary school you earned your valentine!! We used to make envelopes that sat on your desk and then at the appointed time, you would walk around handing them out. Of course, some people would get cards from everyone, others wouldn’t. Some parents only bought a 24 pack and if there were 30 kids in your class, some were left out because mom and dad were too cheap to buy more. So, you didn’t just give out cards to everyone, you had to pick who you would give one too. It was like the cards were so much more valuable. My 6 valentines really meant something.
Have you ever been left out at Valentines Day?
Have you ever seen someone who didn’t get a valentine?
There are a lot of emotions and feelings that we go through when we feel like we are being left out. It doesn’t just have to be on Valentine’s Day. Not being picked for the sports team; not being voted in for student council, not being invited to the birthday party or sleepover. We have all experienced what it means to be left out.
Thankfully, there is some amazing news in the book of Ephesians. Check out chapter 1:4-5:
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure (NLT).
Did you catch that? In verse 4 it says that God loved and chose us; verse 5 says he decided in advance to adopt us! Unlike that sleepover you didn’t get invited to, or that missing valentine, that was clearly lost in the mail; God chose you.
When we think about God, we often have this picture of Him being disappointed in us. Let’s be honest, we fail a lot, and it would be easy to think that when God sees us He sees those failures. However, this verse tells us that God chose us before the world was even created. Think about the significance of understanding that God had you in mind and chose you before you did that thing that was good. Before you did that thing that was bad or even really bad. He chose you before you did anything! God decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus. You might feel like God would never choose you. You might feel like you aren’t worth it. I’ve felt like that and there are still times I feel like that. If this is you and you need to hear this, let this sink in:
GOD CHOSE YOU! HE WANTED YOU! HE LOVES YOU!
If we come back to our initial illustration of the valentine’s card; our class list wasn’t sent home. God wasn’t obligated to choose you, but He did. He chose you, He adopted you; not because of something you have done, but because He loved us first. His love caused Him to act. Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners,” (NLT). God chose you as His valentine because you are “So Loved.”