While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 29 days I continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day four with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be His chosen people.
Called to Be Chosen
“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings — and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
Revelation 17:14 (NIV)
Have you ever been a part of the choosing of teams? How did you feel while waiting to be chosen? Why? Were you ever the one to do the choosing? How did that feel? Why? How does the perceived importance of the one doing the choosing influence your feelings about being chosen? What if the one choosing is God? Have you ever been chosen for something that you really wanted but knew you weren’t fully qualified for? What did being chosen do for your confidence? How comfortable are you with the idea of being chosen by God? Why?
It seems I have more experience of wanting something and not being chosen than of being chosen, but I suppose that makes being chosen by God even more spectacular for me. To know I will be with Jesus in the midst of His victory is an incredible thing. To be called by the creator of the universe as His chosen one lifts me to a level that is far beyond what being chosen for anything else could do. The good news that Jesus wants us to share is that He has called everyone who will respond to be His chosen and faithful followers. We are chosen not because of us, but because of Him.
As you pray about being called by God, ask Him to make you more aware of how valuable you are to Him. Pray that you would live life with the knowledge that God has chosen you to be His. Pray for a life of faithfulness that not only accepts being chosen by God, but shares that relationship with others. Pray that you would see value in each person you meet, knowing that God chooses all who would come to Him. Pray for the courage to live as one chosen by God.