You know that feeling as a kid when you hoped to be chosen for the best player’s side? That tense election of sports teams and then the anticipation and even anxiety of being chosen, or maybe not? Well, thank goodness the Christian life doesn’t work like that!
Being chosen is mainly based on what you can do, how you can benefit your team, how you can do this or do that. But this is the complete opposite of how things work in the Christian life. You are chosen by a loving Savior, not based on all you’ve done or not done, but rather on all that He has done. He doesn’t choose based on performance or achievement, He bases it on love (John 3:16). An undeserving, unrelenting love for you. A desire to save you from your sin and place you in a living relationship with your loving King.
Eventually over time the knowledge that you have been chosen changes the way you see yourself. It changes your attitude and personality – how amazing to know then that you have been chosen by the King of the universe? It gives you peace and security. You are who the Lord has created you to be.
There aren’t boxes that you have to tick or conform to fitting into.
On a bit of personal note: this has been something very near and dear to my heart for quite some time. As a home-school girl taken out of a school setting at age 8, I had to learn very early on that I am not defined by my lack of friends or lack of being able to perform in front of others. I am defined by the gold that’s inside and who the Lord says I am. I went from being the popular liked girl in school, to the loner who had to keep hearing everyone’s empty promises. Promises that we will still be friends after I left school, promises that they will still make me part of the group as one birthday party after another rolled past and I always remained the uninvited guest. It was hard. It became particularly difficult during the teen years. Was I not good enough to be anyone’s best friend?
A thousand questions.
These are just some of battles one has to fight in your heart and mind, but the truth always remains the same. What does the Lord say about the situation?
I had to go back to the truths. Who does Jesus say I am?
You are CHOSEN!
And not as a motivational feel good speech or anything, but rather, this is the truth and let that define you.
God says I am loved. John 15:9; Jeremiah 31:3 – “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (NKJV)
God says He cares. Psalms 55: 8-9; Luke 12: 6-7 – “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (NKJV)
God says I am free in Christ. Romans 6:18; Galatians 5:1 – “Stand fast therefore in liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (NKJV)
God says I am a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away’ behold, all things have become new.” (NKJV)
God says I am created in the image of Christ. Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man/woman in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (NKJV)
God says I have to desire holiness and Christ-likeness. Hebrews 12:14; Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 7:1 – “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (NKJV)
God says to be transformed by renewing our minds according to His Word and His desires. Romans 12:2 – “…and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (NKJV)
We often need reminding of these truths, a little shake to place our eyes on our Rock anew.
Let what God says define who you are and who you desire to become. Let that determine your identity and form and shape your mindset. Find your security in who He says you are. You don’t need to adapt to the ‘standard’ the world sets, you don’t need to have a large group of friends to cheer you on, you don’t need to look or play the part- you just need to be who the Lord says you are. You just need to grow in His grace and in the knowledge of Him who made and Who called you.
“…but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
Live It Out
Have you ever based your worth on what those around you say?
Take the time to assess what you base your identity on.
How much of that is from the Lord and how much from those around you?