Deuteronomy 7:6-8 – You are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession. It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you… it was because the Lord loved you.
William Willimon begins a meditation with a series of questions we do well to ask ourselves.
- "Why are you here?" he asks. "Not why are you here, here at church, but why are you here, you of all people? You know you. Why, of all the people in the universe, did God choose you to be a disciple of Jesus, to witness, in word and deed, to the truth of the gospel?
"Why you, a nobody like you?"
Here you are, seeking to make it through the day and some guy called Willimon wants you to justify your existence. The bottom line is already written and the bottom line begins and ends with love. There is nothing more needed or more necessary than the words 'you are loved' to get you through the day.
Prayer: Lord God, grant me a vision today of how you see me — loved and precious — and help me live this way all through the day and for all the days you grant me in Christ. Amen.