Jesus said, “my sheep hear my voice and they follow me” (John 10:14-16). He told his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to bear fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

God makes his choice. Then his people follow him bearing fruit.

According to (Psalm 14:2-3), God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who seek God. There is no one who seeks God. All have turned away and have together become worthless. There is no one who does good, not even one.

Sadly, not even one person ever wanted him. Rather, we all follow the imagination of our heart’s desire.

Now be amazed at God’s choices. See his desire to love even one unworthy, ungodly sinner!

Before his sheep were born, he chose to save them according to his purpose and grace (2 Timothy 1:9). In due time, he called to himself those he wanted, and they came to him. “I was found by those who didn’t seek me, and I revealed myself to those who didn’t ask for me” (Romans 10:20).

Christian friend, remember when you found the One you weren’t looking for? Remember when he knocked on the door of your heart and you opened to him?

Your accuser cried, “Don’t you know what this man has done?” and Jesus replied, “he is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name” (Acts 9:15).

As we are approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:4). Let’s awake from slumber since our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me ears to hear your voice when you called. I praise you for continually working in me both to will and to do for your good pleasure. I’m thankful it’s you who establishes our hearts blameless in holiness before God when you return. Thank you for your eternal grace. Amen.

Throughout This Day: Thank God often for the multiple people and circumstances he has used, is using and will use to draw you to himself and help you deepen your relationship with him.

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