Lesson 10

To Be Chosen by Him

There is no higher calling on our lives than to be chosen by God, and yet we were chosen before the foundation of the world. It was God’s highest intention for us to become His chosen. But not all of us have realised this, not all of us are living up to the ideals that God intended for us before the foundation of the world. We have instead been trapped by earthly callings and have been content to live on a lower level than God intended.

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.’

(Ephesians 1:3–5)

Is this not sad, that many of us are not living at the level that God intended, that we have not received His love to be His sons and daughters through Jesus to be His chosen people?

‘For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth.’

(Deuteronomy 7:6)

This was spoken to God’s chosen people, the Jews, but they did not live up to their calling and neither have we. We have all fallen short of the glory of God, we have all walked our own way, every one. Only through what Jesus did for us on the cross have a few of us, Jew and Gentile, realised our calling, followed after God and become one of His chosen people:

‘chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.’

(1 Peter 1:2)

We have to come to God through the cross, Jew and Gentile alike. Only through the blood of Jesus can we enter in and become the chosen of God. We also have to be sanctified, cleansed, refined by fire to become obedient. Sometimes, if not always, people in whom God releases His anointing have to go through a time of testing first.

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before He began His ministry. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness before God spoke to Him out of the burning bush. David began his service after being a shepherd boy. Paul also spent time in the wilderness.

It is the wilderness experience that prepares us for God’s work. It is there that the holy fire of God purges us from sin and refines us like gold for the Lord to choose us and use us.

‘Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.’

(Colossians 3:12–15)

We have to put on these good qualities not only in prayer, but in our everyday life which is not always quite so easy.

It is always interesting that God always calls us His chosen, His beloved, and so we are if only we will receive His love. When we receive His love every day, it becomes easier to live out compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, patience, and forgiveness, for all these things come out of love for God and one another. The love of God enables us to live as His chosen people.

‘For we know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you; for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.’

(1 Thessalonians 1:4–5)

The Word of God is living and active and when we share our faith with others, it, too, is living and active and His Word will not return void. When we do the work that God has chosen for us to do, that work will be effective for it cannot be other than effective. If we have heard God and follow Him in obedience, that work will succeed.

Peter says:

‘But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.’

(1 Peter 2:9)

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