Thursday, January 27, 2022

Barclay: chosen by God

Thursday, January 27, 2022
    [Jesus] was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
    —Acts 10:41 (NIV)
    To be chosen by God so often means at one and the same time a crown of joy and a cross of sorrow. The piercing truth is that God does not choose a person for ease and comfort and selfish joy but for a task that will take all that head and heart and hand can bring to it. God chooses us in order to use us.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of Luke, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1956, p. 8 (see the book)
    See also Acts 10:41; Deut. 7:6; Isa. 42:1-4; Luke 1:39-45; John 15:16; Acts 1:8; 9:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I could not bear my cross were You not bearing it with me.
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