Do you remember the days, lined up against the school fence with two kids, the team captains, starring at you in the first of a long series of “drafts.” Your only prayer is simple “Please Lord don’t let me be picked LAST!” I mean what could be worse then being picked last. Well….. what about not getting picked at all. When the second last kid is selected and the other captain call out and says “Why don’t you just take them both.”
The pages of Scripture remind us that we are not left hanging on the fence, we have been chosen! Jesus in John’s Gospel toward the end of his ministry reminds his disciples for the days to come that they have been chosen!
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16
This was not a new idea for them, they had long considered themselves to be God’s chosen people. This is a title given to them by God himself.
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deut. 7:6
What a claim to be chosen out of all the people on the face of the earth,… his treasured possession! But before you get all stuck on yourself or your people, Deuteronomy reminds us why they were chosen.
” The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” Deut. 7:7-9
God’s reason is better then ours – we are chosen – simply and purely because God loves us!
And we are chosen for a purpose John says, “so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” So as you dwell and enjoy your chosenness, remember that you were also called out to bear fruit – fruit that will last. May your life draw others to know Christ, and may the fruit of your life of faith impact the next generation with fruit that will last!
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
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