You, too, are Chosen

Perhaps someone that you know is being used by God in what may seem an important way. However, you may not feel like your place serving God is not all that unique. While the other person is in the limelight, you are on the sidelines. It would be easy to get discouraged thinking that God is not using you. In fact, you might even question how you fit in God’s plan. But let us take two examples out of the Bible: one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament. Where would Moses have been if he did not have his brother Aaron? Where would Mary be without her husband Joseph? Moses received the Ten Commandments on the top of the mountain from God. Mary is “blessed above all women.” Without that second person, without that backup person, without the support of the one not receiving all the accolades, the work of first-person might never have happened.

You, too, are chosen by God to do whatever you are doing. You might be the spouse, you might even be the child, but you are very important. Whatever you are doing for God is by his calling and for his purpose. All the groundwork to this understanding is by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12. He said in verse six, “there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all.” He said further in that chapter that every believer is a member of the body of Christ. In verse fourteen he says, “the body (of Christ) is not one member, but many.” Paul reminds us that the human body is made up of different parts such as the eye or the foot, but they are all together in that one body. They all work together for the common goal of the body.

In another place, Colossians 4: 17, he said, “take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.”  We can never let our position in God’s plan be taken for granted. Jesus told about three men who were given money by their master. The first two invested the money and increased its amount. The master praised them by saying, “well done thou good and faithful servant.” The third person who received the least amount of money had the same opportunity with the same responsibility but instead did nothing with it and did not receive the praise of the master. Whatever gift God has given you; whatever opportunity God has afforded you, do it well to the glory of God. Jesus reminded us of another example using salt. It has been used for thousands of years. He went further to explain that if the salt has lost its saltiness, it is good for nothing and thrown out.

Each of the disciples were functioning in the lifestyle that circumstances afforded them whether they were fishermen or a tax collector. But Jesus called them out of those circumstances and elevated them to a more specific calling. Without those disciples, the gospel of Jesus Christ could not have gone forward throughout the world. As highly regarded as was John the Baptist among the people, he spoke of his unworthiness to even undo the sandal of Christ.

We have seen a number of examples of people in second place and had their own calling in God’s plan. Avoid thinking your position is of no consequence. As long as you are faithful with what you are doing, what you are doing is highly important to God. The significance is not the positioned you hold in service to Christ. The significance is how faithful and content you are in that service to Christ. The reason is, you, too, are chosen.

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