Uncommon Grace

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Malachi 1:2-5

Yet I have loved Jacob. (v. 2, NIV)

We may think the doctrine of election unimportant and impractical, but God doesn’t. He wants us to know a love that is more than just common to all. Jesus said that the Father causes his sun to shine on the evil and on the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust. That’s common grace—sun, breath, rain, life, food, clothes.

But that doesn’t begin to describe the special grace with which God loves his own chosen people. If you belong to Christ, you are loved individually and particularly. Don’t think: “God loves the world. I guess I’m in the world, so he must love me too.” That doesn’t do justice to the electing, redeeming love whereby God chose and saved you, at the cost of his Son’s blood.

You are loved by God the way a parent loves his or her own child, not the way one loves all children with a general sort of goodwill. God loves you by name, deeply and unconditionally.

What makes the biblical doctrine of election so practical is that it shows us how we are loved. This is not a doctrine to divide people or to be snooty about. It’s a doctrine that demonstrates God’s unconditional and particular love for you, Christian!


We praise you, O God, for choosing us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Amen.