Summary: Of coarse we know that Loneliness, fear, and discouragement are not limited to the lives of the Early Church Christians. Today’s Christians live as strangers in a world of shifting values, questioning life issues, and some are short on Hope. Peter has
The Incredible Impact of Being Chosen by God
1 Peter 1: 1-2
Sept. 19, 1999
Text: 1 Pet. 1: 1-2
ILL: Bob Benson, in his book, “See You at the House” describes his childhood
experience on the softball field. He was always a frail kid, so when the captains picked
teams based on size, ability, or friendship, Bob was usually one of the last to be picked.
“The game can’t start until someone takes Bob’, the teacher would insist.” And
one of the captains would kick the dirt and say in disgust, “We’ll take him.”
Bob says, “And I was usually sent to play BEHIND the right fielder. I don’t think
I came up to bat until I was in the eighth grade. And even then I wasn’t too surprised to
strike out then.”
Bob finished his story by stating, “So, I like to be chosen.”
I would guess this morning that everyone of us would say, Yes, I like to be
chosen. Doesn’t it feel so much better to be chosen, than to believe that nobody wants
The apostle Peter is writing to Christians who had been scattered across Asia
Minor either by persecution or some circumstance. They were alone and afraid.
Discouragement and questions flood their minds to the point where they considered giving
up. To them, Peter’s word of encouragement was shouting in Big Letters, “YOU HAVE
Of coarse we know that Loneliness, fear, and discouragement are not limited to
the lives of the Early Church Christians. Today’s Christians live as strangers in a world of
shifting values, questioning life issues, and some are short on Hope. Peter has a word for
us today: “YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.”
Do you believe me this morning, YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN! REPEAT
AFTER ME, “I HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!”
Not only does this passage tell us how God has Picked us, but one of my favorite
verses in the whole Bible talks about this very idea, maybe that’s why it’s my favorite, so
before we go on with this verse, let me share with you some more of God’s Word that
tells how God Chose Us Even Before We Turned to Him. Look at Ephesians 2: 1-10, I
just shared this verse at our Men’s fellowship yesterday, so guys forgive me for repeating
The first three verses describe our life before we came to Christ, everyone of us
lived a life of sin, we were born with this sin nature that is described, and until we repent
and ask God to cleanse us, we are infected with this sin disease. Of course, starting in
verse four we will hear the good news. Let’s read.
Friends, You have been Chosen by God, He has a plan for your life, and this was
all done from the very beginning. God’s Grace is awesome.
Let’s say it one more time, repeat after me, “I HAVE BEEN CHOSEN.”
The First thing I want you to understand, IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO BE CHOSEN.
A. Being chosen means we are loved.
1. Peter prayed that they might experience the “grace of God in abundance”
2. Hannah Smith described grace this way in her book, “The Christian’s Secret
of a Happy Life” “To say that it is free unmerited favor only expresses a little of it’s
meaning. It is the unhindered, wondrous, boundless love of God, poured out upon us in
an infinite variety of ways, without stint or measure, not according to our deserving, but
according to His measureless heart of love, which goes beyond our knowledge, so
unthinkable are it’s heights and depths.” I think she had a glimpse of Grace, don’t you?
3. God has Chosen you. You are special to Him. Being chosen reminds us that
we belong to His family.
In his book, Healing Grace, David Seamands captures the essence of what it means
to belong to God as His Children.
ILL: “The servant is accepted and appreciated on the basis of what he does, the child on
the basis of who he is............The Servant is accepted because of his productivity and
performance. The child belongs because of his position as a person...........When a servant
fails, his whole position is at stake; he might lose his job. When a child fails, he will be
grieved because he has hurt his parents, and he will be corrected and disciplined. But he is
not afraid of being thrown out. His basic confidence is in belonging and being loved,
and his performance does not change the stability of his position.”
Friends, do you Know This morning that you Belong to the Father? Christians,
Your confidence comes in Knowing your position, and knowing that you belong, and
knowing that you are loved, regardless of your performance! Our Heavenly Father loves
us just because of Who We Are, If we will ever grasp that it will change our life, we won’t