You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16 NIV
There is a Capital One commercial showing young children on a basketball court dividing up players for each team. One girl says nonchalantly, “I choose him!” The camera angle swings around to reveal her choice was Charles Barkley, an ex NBA player standing tall at 6’5”. He is almost twice as tall as the children on the court, but acts surprised that he was chosen.
There is a vast difference for the followers of Christ being chosen to be on “team Jesus”. The Bible clearly states that we were destitute, broken, of no value. We possessed no trophies of good conduct which made us more appealing to HIm. All of our right actions amounted to a pile of dirty rags. None of us can boast as to the reason we were chosen over someone else. The murderer, the liar or any other sin you think is utterly detestable, stand in front of the cross equally guilty and in need of a savior.
To live daily as a chosen child of God has two ditches to avoid to stay on the path of the straight and narrow. Some carry the “I’m unworthy” attitude into your new relationship with God through Jesus. That status has changed. Why? Because you have been chosen. God elevates you to receive the blessing and inheritance befitting a child of the king. No longer do you have to travel in the ditch of unworthiness. Jesus, and Him alone, has given you a clear passage to stand before Holy God and present your request.
The ditch on the other side of the road is to think more highly of yourself than you ought. This one is just as dangerous, but far more subtle. It’s like living on the island of “Just a little better than!” You find one attribute to compare over someone else and feel a little better, a little taller. Husbands may think they work harder. Wives may think they are a little smarter. Church members may think they are a little or even a lot more holy than those who are flaunting their sins. Hypocrisy is so deceptive, it is much easier detected in others.
As a chosen child of God, you walk humbly and boldly into God’s presence. As a chosen child of God, you talk and walk in step with the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. As a child of God, you have the privilege to let others know that Jesus has chosen them also.
With much thankfulness, may you remember and live in the blessing of being chosen by God. Am i? I AM chosen by God.
Blessings Love y’all