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"Why We Are Chosen"

In 2 Peter 2:10 it says that we are to make our calling and election sure. We are to do this with diligence. If we do this, then we shall never fail. That calling and election means we were chosen by God before the foundation of the world.

Do you ever wonder why you are walking this Christian walk? It is because God has chosen you. The word CHOSEN means selected from a number; picked out; taken in preference; elected; predestinated; designated to office. (From Webster's 1828 dictionary)

Ephesians 1:4 says that God chose us before the foundation of the world. He wants us to be holy, without blame before Him in love. II Thessalonians 2:13 says that God hath chosen us to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth from the beginning. That means that before God created the world, before you were even born, before you were even conceived in your mother's womb, God had already chosen you. You wonder how can this be possible?

In Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." When the Lord wanted Jeremiah to go to Jerusalem and prophesy the things that were to come upon that nation, Jeremiah felt he wasn't capable of this great task and honor. As you can see, the Lord had already chosen him (Jeremiah) before he was even born to do this job for Him. If you read Isaiah 49:1-5 you will again see that the same thing was spoken to Isaiah. Isaiah was called from his mother's womb. The Lord already knew Isaiah before he was even born, and the Lord already had a job planned for Isaiah to do.

Why did God choose you? Out of all the millions of people in the world, why did He choose you? First of all, it was because of His great love. The familiar scripture in John 3:16 & 17 says that God loved the whole world. He gave His only Son that through Him we would not perish but have everlasting life, and that the world through Him might be saved.

Deuteronomy 7:6 - 8 "For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 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..."

Both of these scriptures say it was because of God's Love that He chose you.

I Peter 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:" The Lord chose you to bring you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

John 15:16 "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 to you. In this scripture we see that another reason God chose you is because He wants you to bring forth fruit. That fruit is your works, acts, and deeds of Christian character. It is also your praises which you present to God as a thank-offering. The Lord chose you to do His work and to praise Him.

Acts 22:14 "...The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know His will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of His mouth." Now we see that not only did the Lord choose you to perform works, acts, deeds, and to praise Him, but He also chose you so that you could HEAR His voice and KNOW His will for your life on this earth.

In Deuteronomy 14:2 it says that we again are an holy people and that the Lord chose us as a peculiar people unto Himself. He chose us above all the nations that are on the earth.

God also chose each one of us to be His servants. In Isaiah 41:9 and Isaiah 43:10-11 it says that He chose us to be His servants and His witness. He wants us to know, believe, and understand Him. He also wants us to know that He is the One and Only God. There are no other gods before or after Him.

There are many examples in the Bible of how God has used the people He has chosen. We all know how He chose and used Noah to build the ark, and how Noah was saved during the flood. (Genesis 6 - 9)

How about Joseph who was accounted as dead, thrown in a pit, rescued and then sold to Potiphar. He then later became helper to Pharaoh. God used Joseph to save His people during the famine. (Genesis 37 - 47)

Moses was chosen and used to lead the Israelites out of the bondage that the Egyptians had upon them. (Exodus) God chose Solomon to build the temple for Him. (I Chronicles 28 - 29)

As you know, God isn't a respecter of persons. He also chose women to do special tasks for Him, too. What about Esther? She was chosen by God to help deliver the Jews during the time of the Persians and Medes. He also chose Mary to carry His precious Son. So you can see, God has chosen both men, women, boys, and girls alike to be used by Him.

Even though God has chosen us, we see in Matthew 20:16 and in Matthew 22:14 that "Many are called, but few are chosen". Do you know why this is so? God has called every person in this world. He calls on each person to come unto Him. When we, the people, hear that call what happens? Only a FEW answer Him. Only a FEW have that desire to serve Him with their whole heart, soul, and, mind. Only a FEW want to change from their ways and do what the Lord wants them to do.

Instead of choosing the ways of God, we decide to choose things of our own liking. Judges 10:14 "Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation." As you can see, the gods here are idols, those things that seem more important to us and take the place of God in our lives.

I Chronicles 16:26 "For all the gods of the people are idols:..." Psalms 96:5 "For all the gods of the nations are idols:..." In both of these scriptures and in the one in Judges 10:14, the gods here are false gods, things which are worthless, and good for nothing. These are the things we would rather choose, than to choose God. When we decide to serve these worthless, good for nothing gods, they become a snare to us. Psalm 106:36

The Lord wants us to repent, and turn from these idols, and turn unto Him. He is the One true God that has called us, and He wants us to serve only Him. All we have to do is open our eyes and look around us and we can see that only God can do the marvelous things that our eyes behold. Be one of those FEW that when you are called, that you are also Chosen. Answer that Call today.       Kathy Huff

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