Chosen to be in the Family

Do you matter to God? There are days when the answer is simple – either yes or no. There are times when we don’t feel very worthy of His favor. Other times, we bask in the sense that He cares about us no matter what.

I have a friend who was adopted when he was eight years old. He told me once how special he felt, knowing that someone chose him to be in a family. He had lived long enough to feel rejected and unwanted. All that began to change when they called his name and took him to his new home. He was shown to a room with a single bed. He’d never been in one of those before. “This is your room,” he was told. He asked if anyone else would be staying in that room. He was told, “It’s all yours.”

Moments like that stay with you. Paul wrote to the Ephesians to tell them that God had chosen them, claimed them for Himself. He wrote to the Roman Christians that they were joint heirs with Christ.

What did we do have such status? That’s the best news of all. We are saved by grace, not by effort. We can’t earn what God is willing to give us. We can never be good enough by our own hard work.

Most people who believe in heaven think they get there by being good. The Bible tells us that God took care of the qualifications without our help (Ephesians 2:8,9). We are saved through faith in a God who loves to choose us for His very own. Yes, we matter to God.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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