A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
If you live in New England you have probably heard people talking about their brackets and March Madness. NCAA basketball fans all across the country are flowing their favorite teams and checking their brackets. As we approach the final four, and the championship game, its every one’s guess as to who will be the winner.
The act of selecting reminds me of Paul’s words in the opening chapter of Ephesians. In the first half of the letter, Paul stresses the spiritual wealth of the believer and their unchanging position in Christ. In chapter 1 and verse 4 we read, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” According to Paul we were chosen by God unto salvation, not because we were holy but because God declared us to be holy. He drew us unto Himself and placed in us a desire to respond positively to the message of the gospel.
March Madness will soon be over and the nets cut down by the winners. But, for believers, the joy of knowing you have been bracketed unto salvation by God’s grace and the privilege of having your name written in the book of life is of more value than any trophy!