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"Because He Said So! Discovering who the I AM says I am"

 

The I AM says I am chosen!

 

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

 

Take a walk down memory lane with me all the way back to your elementary playground. Among the merry-go-rounds, slides, and monkey bars imagine a group of kids. They are organizing the daily “game”. It could be any number of activities depending upon the time of year; football, kickball, softball, or even Red Rover. Somewhere in the middle of the group, there are two leaders or captains and they are picking their teams. One-by-one kids are chosen to join a team; the most athletic kids are chosen quickly because of what they can offer the team. As the process continues it becomes slower and slower as the talent pool becomes smaller and smaller. Finally, there are only a few kids left and the captains begrudgingly have to choose which least talented classmates they will take on their team. For the kids left standing, this can be a grueling process as they feel they aren’t good enough, talented enough, or liked enough to have their name called out. You might have guessed by now that I am writing from experience. I was always the smallest one in my class and when combined with being a bit prissy and uncoordinated I was seldom chosen before the last one or two picks for the team. There were a few occasions when one of my good friends was in charge and my name would be called early on in the process. Yes, it was a pity pick, but...WHAT A GREAT FEELING IT WAS TO BE CHOSEN!

 

Perhaps your memories of not being chosen didn’t exist on the playground, but somewhere else. Maybe you were wishing for someone special to choose you as their prom date. Perhaps it was a hope to be chosen as a member of a club. Or, perhaps it was a desire to be elected as Senior Class President. Whatever the case may be, I’m sure you have felt the same longing to be chosen and disappointment when you were overlooked.

 

Segue back to the present where being chosen still plays an important role in our life. We not only still long to be chosen, we work hard so that we will be offered the job, given the opportunity, or asked to participate and lead. And when we are not chosen, the feelings of inadequacy that we felt long ago while standing on that playground or sitting in the chair hoping for a dance, still overwhelm us.

 

Ladies, rejoice! We ARE chosen! We are chosen by the Creator to be on His team, to work for Him, to participate in His purpose! Being chosen by Christ has nothing to do with our performance or how hard we have worked but it has everything to do with Him, with His grace! We do not have to earn a place on His roster, it is a position that's freely offered. He’s calling our name and choosing us. All we have to do is accept Him as our captain and CEO. Deuteronomy 14:2 reminds us that we are set apart and chosen. So today, when life turns you down and you’re overlooked remember that God picked you and repeat these words, “I am chosen…because He said so!”

 

Additional Reading: Psalm 50:15; John 15:16; Galatians 1:15-16; Ephesians 1:2-6; 1 Peter 2: 9-10

 

Dear Lord,

I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen

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