September 23, 2018
A few weeks ago we looked at what it meant to be chosen and appointed by God. We studied John 15:16 that says, “I chose you and appointed you.” we learned that we are chosen, blessed, and appointed to be a blessing unto others. We learned that who God calls, He equips. We are to be open and responsive to His guidance and leadership in our lives. Today we are going to focus on our spiritual adoption into God’s family.
The word appointed means God has scheduled and planned certain things to take place in your life at certain seasons. Sometimes people have to make lifestyle adjustments to accommodate certain things. If someone finds out they are with child there are adjustments that must be made, but nobody adopts a child by accident. Think about that as you think about God. God, knowing in advance about all our weaknesses, God chose you anyway. You are now a child of God, fully adopted as His son or daughter, you are His own and an heir, with complete access to the benefits and blessing of God’s family. (v7) I like the fact that God places us in His personal family. I am a part of the greatest family on earth, the family of the living God. Everyone longs for a sense of community and fellowship in their lives. To me, fellowship is not only important but very rewarding.
How Has God blessed you through being adopted into His family?
How important is God’s family to you?
You never have to wonder whether it’s okay to approach your Heavenly Father because He is always ready to welcome you into His presence. Your seat is reserved for you at His table. The Word says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Psalm 23:5) This means that obstacles and opposition cannot rob you of God’s blessings. You have certain privileges but that does not give you a license to live however you please.
Some of us are like the little boy who prayed, “Lord, make me a good boy, but if you can’t, don’t worry, I am having a good time the way I am.” The Lord disciplines those He loves and accepts as His children. (Hebrews 12:6) God’s correction is not rejection; it is proof of His love. You are not chosen and appointed based on your race, virtues, gifts, talents, looks, and intelligence. God chose you because He loves you. God has an approved plan for your life and He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. (Philippians 1:6)
How has God strengthened you in your life?
What does God need to do in your life to lead you to a deeper commitment, stronger faith, and more involvement in the work of His Kingdom?
Once you understand the fact that God has chosen and appointed you to accomplish certain things, many of your unanswered questions will begin to make sense. Like why you see things differently from others, or feel compelled to move on while they are happy to stay where they are. Paul said, “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1: 11-14) You are accepted by God and He has certain things He wants to do through your life. You have been handpicked and designed for the task at hand. It is the reason you are here and have made it this far in life. It is why you keep getting up after you fall on your face. God has accepted you and He has special plans for your life.
Have you thanked God for accepting you, choosing you, and appointing you?
God loves you, seek the treasure, and enjoy the journey!