Typically in our society, it is a good thing to be chosen. We all want to be chosen to be a part of someone’s team or to be included in an event. But what about when the Lord chooses us for His work?
“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit…” John 15:16
As a Christian, the Lord chose us to be “out of the world” and tells us that this may cause the world to “hate” us (John 15:19)
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am scared. There are days (or experiences) when I don’t feel adequate or don’t believe that the Lord would use me in the direction He is leading me.
Recently, I have been reading the book of Exodus and learned that Moses was a lot more like me than I realized. In Exodus 3:10 the Lord tells Moses that He is going to use him for great things. “But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11
Sounds like a familiar thought process.
Moses even tells the Lord why he is not adequate. Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10
“Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”” Exodus 4:11-12
Moses is still fearful.
“But Moses again pleaded, ‘Lord, please! Send anyone else.’ “ Exodus 4:13
As you continue to read the book of Exodus, we learn that Moses did go to the Pharaoh and eventually Moses was successful. I am not saying it was an easy endeavor, but Moses did it for the Lord and the Lord was pleased.
Is there something the Lord is calling you to do- something that you keep refusing to do?
God chose YOU and me!
Now we must choose Him above all else
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9