I want to tell you something special today.

Something so special that – well, it’s a secret.

But it’s a secret I cannot contain.

And here it goes – are you ready for it?

 

 

I am God’s favorite.

If God has a refrigerator, you can be assured that my picture is on it.

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If there was an Open House at school (and if I was still in school), I KNOW that God would show up to hear about me from my teachers.

Now, you may be thinking, “Jim, how can you say such foolishness?”

And I have a great response for you: “I can say it because it’s true.”

I am God’s favorite and He loves me so much.

But wait a minute, I can tell you another secret this morning.

God loves you too.

And you’re His favorite too.

How do I know that?

Because His Word gives us a great example:

He gave Himself for us.

We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him (Romans 5:7-8 MSG).

And here’s another example for us:

The prophet Zechariah tells us that we, as we are related to Israel, are the apple of His eye.

for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye (Zechariah 2:8b NIV).

We are special to Him.

You see, you and I truly ARE His favorites.

And He shows His favoritism – He shows His love for us by caring for us.

The New Testament writer Peter tells us:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1Pe 5:7 NIV).

And then, Peter goes so far as to call us God’s special people.

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. 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 (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).

And finally, I want to prove this secret once and for all – to all of us here – that we ARE truly God’s favorites. In fact, He loves us so much that He gave His life for us.

John 3:16 reminds us

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 NIV).

My friend, I just stopped today to tell you: I’m God’s favorite – and so are you.

Let’s Pray–

Lord —  I pray that you would remind us of Your great love for each of us. Speak to our hearts right where we are and draw us closer to you. Teach us that we are precious in your sight and that you love us GREATER than we are capable of realizing.

Let us be assured that we are Your favorites.

In Jesus’ Name

Amen

 

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