God Chose You
“You didn’t choose me. I chose you.” ~ John 15:16a
I’ve read the Bible through before but once in a while, God likes to bring things to my attention that I haven’t noticed before. Such is the case with John 15:16.
How many of you remember back to that dreaded time in school when it came time to pick teams? Two ‘captains’ would be appointed while the rest of the class huddled in a group and waited to be chosen. Finally, it would come down to the final few, those who for whatever reason were the last to be called.
I often look at myself, at my shortcomings, at my besetting sins, and think, ‘Wow, how could God ever want me? I’m not worthy to be called his child.’ I’ll admit that I think that God has definitely gotten the short end of the stick in this deal of salvation. He gave all and all He got was me. Surely it was like some cosmic loophole that I managed to slip into His kingdom. He can’t very well keep me out because He said that all who come to Him are welcome. Perhaps if I just lie low, He won’t notice me. Ah, but then I read this verse and realize that isn’t the case. God chose me. On purpose. He wanted me for His team.
If you are feeling tired and discouraged. If you feel unworthy of God’s love, remember, God chose you.
"16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see--
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together."~ Colossians 1:16-17
Trials. Sorrows. We all have them. They are a part of the human condition. The trick is to remember that we are admonished to 'consider it all joy.' ~ James 1:2 How can we find joy in the midst of our trials? It is because through the testing of our faith we have the opportunity to develop grit,determination, staying power, call it what you will. We are being given a spiritual workout.
As with our physical well being, our spiritual well being is greatly dependent on what we take in. If we want to be able to endure, we need to make sure that we have the right fuel. We need to have God's word hidden in our heart so that when our times of hardship come, we will have a well to draw upon.