KNOWING, BRETHREN BELOVED, YOUR ELECTION OF GOD. – 1 Thessalonians 1:4

Many persons want to know their election before they look to Christ, but they cannot learn it thus; it is only to be discovered by  “looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12:2). If you desire to be sure of your own election, assure your heart before God by asking the following questions: Do you feel yourself to be lost, guilty sinner? Then go immediately to the cross of Christ and tell Jesus so. Tell Him that you have read in the Bible,, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).Tell Him that He has said, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). Look to Jesus and believe on Him, and you be confident of your election directly, for as surely as you  believe, you are elect. If you will give yourself wholly up to Christ and trust Him, then, you are one of God’s chosen ones; but if you stop and say, “I want to know first whether I am elect,” you do not know what your are asking. Go to Jesus; although you are ever so guilty, go just as you are. Leave all curious inquiry about election alone. Go straight to Christ and hide in His wounds , and you will know your election. The assurance of the Holy spirit will be given to you, so that you will be able to say, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him” (2 Tim 1:12). Christ was at the everlasting council. He can tell you whether you were chosen or not but you cannot find it out in any other way. Go and put your trust in Him, and His answer will be, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3). There will be no doubt about His having chosen you, when you have chosen Him.

Sons we are through God’s election, who in Jesus Christ believe.

-CHARLES SPURGEON
(Morning by Morning: 365-Day Devotional)