Chosen and Appointed

September 2, 2018   

John 15:16

 God is proactive in the world He created. He has a plan for the redemption of man in this fallen and broken world and this plan includes all of us as children of God. God works to perform His will in ways we sometimes fully understand and sometimes seem to be a mystery. The Lord said, “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know His master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) God has chosen to invite us to participate in His will, plan, and purposes for life.

 1    Chosen

 Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.” (John 15:16) How you begin a relationship is important. There must be trust, understanding, and communication for a relationship to be effective. All parties need to feel secure for things to go well. If someone invites you to dinner at their house you are placed in the position to trust them to provide the dinner and all other things that go with the event and occasion. You should not have to wonder if you are welcome because you were invited. You should not have to wonder is there enough food or a place for you at the table because you are the guest and not the host. Likewise, knowing that you have been chosen and appointed by God should give you confidence. It means you are accepted by God. You did not make this plan you were invited to be a part of God’s plan, will, and purposes.

 How do you feel when someone invites you to participate with them?

How should we feel when we realize God has chosen us to be in a personal relationship with Him? What a privilege, and what an opportunity!

 2         Blessed

 You did not choose God, He chose you for two reasons: to bless you, and to make you a blessing to others. The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3) There may be blessings that include things and changes that you do not rejoice about. There will also be blessings you cannot believe. The Bible speaks of blessings you will not have room enough to receive, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3:10) God chooses to bless His children who are faithful to Him. May the Lord find us faithful in all things?

 How has God blessed you?

Have you paused to praise Him today and every day for His blessings in your life?

 3       Be The Blessing

 God is blessing you in order that you might share His blessings with others. Remember God chose you and has a purpose for your life. And whomever He calls, He blesses and equips. All you need to do is be open and responsive. Give yourself completely unto God. We are to be tools in the hands of God to be used for His good purposes. The Bible says, “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:13-14) We are to be a blessing in this world as tools and instruments being used in the Holy hands of God.

 As God leads us what could you do to be a blessing this week?