September 14, 2023

Hello Advent Family,

Yesterday I came across an article about how Deion Sanders, the famous athlete and now college football coach ranks his children.   The rankings vary at different times and I’m certain it’s more about publicity than anything real.  He posts it on social media which is run by his son Deion Jr. who no coincidentally somehow always is ranked 1st.  It gave me a little chuckle and I’m sure upset some people who don’t realize that Deion will do anything to stay in the limelight.  I did begin thinking about my joke that I often say that Jesus loves you but I’m His favorite.  The Bible does have many passages of scripture which talk about just how special we are to God.  Let’s look at one of them together today from I Peter 2.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

You are chosen by God and are His special possession.  Let that sink in for a minute.  You are significant and special to the Creator of the universe.  He wants you to feel like you are number one on His list.  I don’t know about you but that is something that I want to hold on to.  I pray that we might all embrace just how special we are to God and then use that to serve Him and love Him and others with our lives.  You are at the top of God’s ranking list.

In His Grip,
Pastor Dave