Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Chosen One

The Chosen One
October 5, 2015
Ephesians 1:11  "In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will. . ."

It would be nice to be the chosen one; it would certainly make you feel special.  But what is the Chosen One; is there any such thing?  And what is the Chosen One chosen for?  In the Bible, the only reference for the Chosen One is Jesus.  He was selected since the beginning of time to be the one who could wipe away our sins and redeem our lives from Hell.  Jesus was and is the only true Chosen One.  It's a pretty big deal to be selected for such an honor, to unite the sinner with the Heavenly Father.  But apparently this role could not have been fulfilled by anyone else.  No one else was found perfect, without sin, who could be a deity and a human at the exact same time.  Neither you nor me could have made the cut for this short list; it just wasn't possible.  So, if we aren't the Chosen One, is anyone else special, or is that it?  Is Jesus the only one special, chosen for a specific time and task?  Is there no opportunity for any of us to be selected for something important?

We all want to believe we are special somehow, important enough to be chosen for something, anything.  Some of you believe you are special, but maybe shouldn't have such an inflated view of yourselves.  People can tell, by the way you walk, how important you think you are.  Others, quite the contrary, believe your life does not matter to anyone.  Let me set both groups of thought straight.  The moment you believe yourself special to this world is the moment your arrogance overshadows any important purpose you may have.  And the moment you believe yourself unimportant to anyone is the moment you insult the Creator of the Universe.  Every one has value and is important in the eyes of the Lord, but not the way you might think.
Throughout the Bible,the Lord Jesus Christ was referenced as The Chosen One, but more than thirty times the Bible mentions others who were chosen by the Lord for something specific.  There were individuals chosen for a reason only they could fulfill.  The list is long: the entire Israeli people, Moses, David, Solomon, Peter, just to name a few.  If the Bible were still being written, your name would be on that chosen list.

You were created with a purpose, for a reason; it was not an accident.  Everything about you was crafted and selected and even chosen by the Lord for this exact date and time and with purpose.  But your purpose is not an earthly one; possibly immeasurable on an earthly scale.  Your purpose, your value, your selection as chosen for a specific time and task is for a Heavenly reason and with Heavenly worth.  The truth of the matter is, you are a chosen one.  You were chosen for a specific purpose, for a specific role that only you can fulfill.  I cannot do your job and you cannot do mine.  Each and every one of us are a chosen one.  No, we are not THE Chosen One, but are chosen by the Lord for the job He has for us.  The problem is, you either don't believe He has a job for you to do or you don't think you've figured out what that job requires.  The good news is that you don't have to figure out exactly what it is, you just have to believe He wants to use you for His glory.  If you can believe this, then you will follow His leading and, without realizing it, you will fulfill what He has called you to do.

You ARE a chosen one, but you may not ever find out what you were chosen for.  The Lord cannot explain to you or me the exact purpose for your life, because I suspect it wouldn't make sense to either of us.  Furthermore, I suspect that if He told us ahead of time, that most of us would not follow through with it.  Jesus was the only one who knew ahead of time what His purpose would be.  Can you imagine living your life, knowing how you would be tortured and killed?  We would quit before we started on that path.  Know that you were chosen and that's all you need to know.

Don't take my word for it; look it up:  Ps105:26, Is 42:1, Matt 12:18, Lk 9:35, John 6:70, Acts 22:14, 1 Thes 1:4, 1 Peter 2:9

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