Read: John 15:15-16

You did not choose me, but I chose you . . . (v. 16)

In our contemporary age, the word election is not a word that necessarily evokes a lot of joy or peace in many peoples’ hearts. For most people, it probably incites frustration or anxiety. The word election may call to mind the intense emotions (and negative ads) of a political campaign. Or perhaps how the results of a local vote filled you with disappointment or concern. Indeed, when people think of an election, we often think of our choices made through our ballots and achieving our hoped-for end result.

However, the Bible paints the word election in an entirely different light. The election (or predestination) of God is meant to be good news! Consider the words you just read in John 15:15-16: “No longer do I call you servants . . . but I have called you friends . . . You did not choose me, but I chose you.” This passage tells us we are the friends of God, which is made possible because God chose to be with us in Jesus Christ. Christian election has nothing to do with our vote, but everything to do with God choosing us “before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Eph. 1:4).

Remember this divine election when the next campaign cycle begins, when political candidates try and convince us that our future hangs in the balance. We can remind ourselves and others that our election has already taken place in Jesus Christ. —Sarah Butler

As you pray, thank God for choosing you.