When you are Chosen
Philosophy View of Chosen
Having been selected as the best or most appropriate person
Pick out (someone or something) as being the best or most appropriate of two or more alternatives.
Biblical View of Chosen
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
John 15:16 KJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
Ephesians 1:3-4 KJV
Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Romans 8:30 KJV
Have you ever gone for a job interview and at the end of the interview you were confident that you had been chosen? Well, a few years ago I was in that position where I went for a job interview and after the interview I just knew within myself that I would be chosen for the postion.
John understood the Prophecy of Isaiah that One was to come who would be greater than him, so as he began his ministry of preaching and baptizing in the wilderness what John was actually doing was preparing the way for the chosen one. We are all born for a purpose the main one being serving God and when we make the decision to serve Christ, we become a part of his chosen people, precious in his sight.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3: 11 NIV
Sometimes as Christians we go through trials and tribulations, but when we remain humble God will use us for his glory. For a diamond to be chosen and placed on a shelf in a jewelry store it also has to go through refining stages. If we take a look at Joseph he was the youngest of his brothers, he thought he was loved by them but because of the calling and anointing on his life, his brothers turned against him, they ended up throwing him in a pit and then sold him for twenty pieces of silver. Joseph had to go through what he went through because of what God had destined for him.
And they took him and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
Genesis 37:24 KJV
I would like to pose a question; how would you feel or respond if you thought you were rejected by your parents even hated and despised, also how about your siblings wanting to have you given up for adoption?
How would you feel if you entered your workplace and your boss, whom you have respected and served faithfully with integrity, was quick to believe a lie about you and you were subsequently fired and thrown in jail? How would you react if a Judge broke an oath and as a result, you ended up spending several years in prison?
The book of Genesis chapters 37-50 gives the full account of Joseph's sufferings and his experience. It was not an accident that Joseph experienced the suffering, his physical, mental, and emotional agonies had been allowed by God so that Joseph could fulfil God’s plan: to save many lives.
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
Here we can see another faithful person called by God for leadership. Mount Sinai is also known as Mount Horeb, it is a biblical landmark that is familiar to many Christians. According to Jeremiah 29:11 God knows the plan he has for us; God’s plan was for Moses to meet with him on this mount on several occasions and eventually he was given the Ten Commandments. He continued to be the leader of his people after their freedom from captivity in Egypt which eventually led them to this mountain. This mountain is a very significant part of the Old Testament.
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people.
But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh King of Egypt.
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.
Deuteronomy 7:7-9 KJV
According to the scriptures it outlined that God chose the people of Israel through whom Jesus Christ would be born and would-be the Saviour who would save us from sin and death. The Messiah was the first chosen by God after the fall of Adam and Eve. God later confirmed that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee.
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 12:1- 3 KJV
Salvation is the ultimate reason why God chose Israel to be His special people. God did not necessarily need to have a chosen people, but He decided to do it that way. However, God’s reason for choosing the nation of Israel was not solely for the purpose of producing the Messiah. God’s desire for Israel was that they would know Him as their God and serve Him as such. God’s intent was for Israel to be a distinct people, a nation who pointed others towards God and His promised provision of a Redeemer, Messiah, and Saviour. For the most part, Israel failed at recognizing their purpose, However, that did not stop God's plan, His ultimate purpose for Israel was achieved when the Messiah came into the world so that all would believe on Him would be saved and that was fulfilled perfectly in the Person of Jesus Christ.
From this article we can learn that many are called but few will be chosen. When you are called or chosen by God, we will face a number of test and trials, they are usually to prepare us for our God given purpose. The trials are not to scare us or discourage us but it is to lead us in the path that God has choose for us and design specifically for our lives. We are not to regard suffering as a strange occurrence, but rather as a sign of God’s work in our lives. According to 1st Peter 4:12-19 and Romans 9:14-24. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
What we should know when we are chosen:
1.You are not your own
1st Corinthians 6:19
2.Test and Trials will not consume you
1st Peter 4:12
3.Count it all Joy
4.To teach us how to serve
Genesis 39:4, 22-23, 40:4; Matthew 20:26-28; and Mark 9:33-35
5.It will prepare him to comfort others
Genesis 50:21 and II Corinthians 1:3-5
6.It will prepare you to lead people to repentance
7.It will teach us patience
Genesis 40:1-14, 23; and I Peter 5:10
8.It will enable us to see God accomplish His purposes and fulfil His promises
Genesis 37:5-11, 41:32, 42:1-5, 45:4-7, and 50:20.
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