Chosen in Love

Sep 28, 2016  |     |   General

     I found this to be very encouraging, and wanted to share it with all of my Open Door Mission friends.
     J.D. Greear said, “What is important is that you live with the assurance that God chose you, in love, before the foundation of the world.  And that if He chose you before the world began, He will never give up on you for any reason.  He is working His good plan even in your darkest moments.  And you can boldly proclaim the Gospel to those around you because God determined those are the means in which He will save souls.”

J.D. Greear is the Lead Pastor of  The Summit Church of
Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina.

     What a great encouragement this is, to stay the course no matter what!  There will be times when we as humans will fail, when we feel like giving up, but God will NEVER give up on us.  He chose us specifically, and that should inspire great hope within us.
     Ephesians 1:4-10 says, “For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.  With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”
     Take heart, my fellow workers!  God has called us to a higher purpose, and He is using us to save souls.  What better calling could there be?

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director