1. Unconditional election is about present misson not postmortem mansions.
We have to start where the Bible does. The story of election really gets going in Genesis 12. From all the people on earth, God chooses Abraham and promises him people, place, privilege, and purpose. The focus is not first and foremost about where Abraham goes when he dies (though surely the God of Abraham is the God of the living). The focus is about God choosing Abraham and his descendants to be a priestly kingdom, a people who will image God in God's world. In a sin-filled world, to be elect will mean to be suffering servants and martyrs. Election is about being empowered by God's Spirit to fight the good fight against sin, death, and the devil, not about sitting on clouds playing harps and eating chocolate. Election obviously includes the hope of the resurrection, but that's part of the package deal of dying with Christ and living by the Spirit in the present life that we may attain the resurrection of the dead. Election means mission.
2. Unconditional election is about doxology.
3. Unconditional election is about humility.
The opposite of unconditional is conditional. In other words, God chose you because of something you bring to the table. Is that what we want to say? The question everyone asks is "Why would God choose Abraham? Israel? Us?" Calvinists say, "We know it's because of the love and grace of God in Christ, but we ultimately can't get to the bottom of this mystery. But we know it's not because of something good we bring to the table." It's the alternative here that sounds horribly prideful to Calvinists: "Why? Because God knew about our faith, our spiritual intelligence, how in tune we would be with him. That's why he chose us!"
4. Unconditional election is a call to action.
There's obviously a lot more one could say, but I'll stop there. If you'd like to add your voice to the discussion, I'd be happy to hear your thoughts, comments, or questions on this topic.