Isn't it great to be chosen? For that is what it means to be baptized and dearly beloved of God. It means you have been chosen by God to have a place in the kingdom of heaven and a seat at the wedding feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.
... being chosen is even better than choosing, although as our text reminds and warns and even comforts us, most people would rather choose than be chosen.
For the full audio and manuscript of this sermon preached October 7 at Trinity, Layton, go to http://lcmssermons.com/index.php?sn=2945.