“You are my friends if you obey my commandments. I don’t call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. But I’ve called you friends because I’ve made known to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you. I have appointed you to go, to produce fruit that will last, and to ask the Father in my name to give you whatever you ask for”.
John 15 14- 16 GW
God Chooses us and not we Him
Every follower of Jesus is his follower by divine choice. This is extremely incomprehensible and remarkably astonishing, by God choice and free will is beyond logic and understanding. It began with Jesus Christ walking on the shores of Galilee, calling people to follow him, people to whom he later “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit”- John 15:16
There was a time, a long period of time, in church history, when the church taught otherwise (only ordained priest) until of course the Reformation exposed that misconception and proclaimed that all who follow Jesus are part of the priesthood of all believers. And it was time the birth of his Church. God chose average men and women. Peter, the chief of the disciples understood that concept and proclaimed in his letter to the church of his time and ours, in Bible says 1 Peter 2:9
“But you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession (peculiar), that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”.
God chooses us not to mould us in one mechanical direction of ministry “robot”, but to use diversity so we can take his ministry on waves in different and new direction. Scriptures speaks in unity of purpose and mission.
Apostle Paul, on several occasions, brings this concept to life as he speaks of the unity within the human body. Each member in the body has different gift, and therefore a different method- but you find all the members united in serving the whole body- with the head in charge. Jesus Christ is the head. We must not then fear diversity. Diversity speaks of variety of gifts. Conflict speaks of opposition. Diversity is good because it is what we are. Listen to the story
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit”. The word of God tells us “there different kind of service but the same Lord. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given. To one, there is given the message of wisdom, to another message of knowledge, to another message of faith, to another gift of healing, to another miraculous power, to another preaching, etc. All these are the work of one and same Spirit, and he gives them to each one just as he determines”. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
God chooses us not in light of who and what we are, but in light of what shall become of us as he continues to use us. What can God possibly see in any of us that can be useful for him? And yet, much of the Kingdom of God depends on us.
- When the disciples asked Jesus, “Will you at this time restore the Kingdom,” part of the answer he gave showed that the restoration of the kingdom was dependent on their witness. Never underestimate what you, one person can do. Also never assume that you have no talents to bring and no special skills to make the difference.
- In the opening pages of scripture, amidst the stupendous development of creation, we are told that the crown of all God’s artistic ecstasy is that he created man—in his image, no less! Out of the dust of the ground; a moral agent was formed out of mud! Genesis 2:7
- He chooses a barren old couple named Abraham and Sarah to give birth to a nation that would change human history for all time.
- Then he decides to save his unique nation from captivity through an unemployed Egyptian-Israelite prince who tends sheep and stutters.
- He chooses a teenager who doesn’t even have his high school diploma yet to nail a nine foot enemy with a rock right between the eyes. The boy grows up to become “a man after God’s own heart” even though this same man pulls off one of the biggest blunders in the Old Testament 1st Samuel 17.
- This pattern continues to be seen in the New Testament. as Jesus took a trusting kid’s lunch and fed enough people to fill a stadium and still had enough left over for each of the disciples to have his own ‘take-home’ basket.
- He chose the number one persecutor of the church to become his top evangelist.
- He gave the key to the kingdom to the disciple who failed him so badly that he denied him three times in one night.”
- Yes, God chooses us not in light of who and what we are, but in light of who and what we shall become as he continues to use us.
- Everyone here is qualified to serve. Everyone here is gifted to serve provided that we follow God’s lead. In Matthew 28:18-20 . Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Everyone here is chosen to serve. God makes no mistakes—though at times God’s choice of certain people will not be our choice of them. In 1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession (peculiar), that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”.
- The reason is simple: We choose through what we see—God chooses in light of inner characteristics. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7 . We judge by the leaves of the tree, God judges by the roots. We judge by what is known, God judges in light of potential.
- We see ourselves as human beings, God sees us as “human becoming”. God is not through with any of us—and he makes no mistakes!
God doesn’t require a job interview. He doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses, because He’s more our Dad than our Boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.
As much as we try, God’s gifts are free. We could do wonderful things for wonderful people and still not be …wonderful. Satan says “You’re not worthy.” Jesus says, “So what.” Satan looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the cross. He doesn’t calculate what you did. It’s not even on the record.
Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t have called us. But if we are magically in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath, then He’ll use in in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like. I pray that as Christians, we will step out of our limitations into the illimitable nature of who God is. Then our passion for God and our passion to communicate Him will make mince-meat of our limitations.”
God chooses us no to do his work, but to pave the way and prepare the opportunities for him to work through us.”
God did not call us to be successful, but faithful.
He did not call us to change the dull water of routine into the exciting wine of His Spirit. He simply asks us to fill the jars with water. He alone changes the water into wine.
God did not choose us so we can raise people from their death in sin, He has chosen us to simply move the stone which in their way—He alone raises them from their deadly ways.
God does not choose us to feed the multitudes. No he wants us to bring the little bread that we have to Him. He alone is able to feed the multitudes.
God doesn’t expect us to give sight to the blind, he simply asks us to bring those who are blind to him.
Remember there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.