You are Chosen

A fellow pastor and blogger posted this today. I think I needed to hear it—and need to keep listening to it! Maybe you do too.

What If Christ Chose You?

What if it's true?  
That Christ chose you - you in particular -
picked you out of the crowd
to bear this particular fruit for him?
What if he chose you,
and put you right where you are -
exactly there, in that very spot -
to bless his world through you?
What if there is no one else, no one but you,
chosen for this sacred task?
What if God's Son trusts you so much that
you are his only plan,
his only way to bear this fruit?
Not because he needs you, of course,
but because he chooses to need you.

It is hard to think so, isn't it?
There must be someone else
better-suited for this.
You're too busy,
you haven't enough faith,
or even enough energy,
to do anything like
what you imagine he wants.

"You did not choose me, but I chose you."
His words come back to you,
echoing still in your soul,
a persistent whisper that only you can hear,
trying to convince you all over again
that he really did choose you
to love this little piece of his world
in the unique and special way
that only you can.

But what if this is also true -
that all he really asks of you
is to believe it,
and to let him
bless this world
through you?

5 thoughts on “You are Chosen

  1. Blessings to you too, James.

    Sometimes we definitely need reminders that God is using us in our little corner of the world.

    There have been times lately when I’ve felt overwhelmed and weary. I have felt like I’m supposed to have answers to questions when I don’t. I feel like I’m pressing up against my own personal limits. There’s so much going on in our culture that is worrying, tiring, exasperating, and confusing. I have felt pressure (mostly internal?) to be what I am not and to know what I don’t.

    In all this, it’s comforting to know that God is still God, is still sovereign, and is still at work in and through me. Even if I can’t always see it and I don’t always experience it.

  2. At the present time, my mind wanders. What can I do for you, God? Is there something I can do from home that will benefit our church when this pandemic is over?

    1. If you were to ask me, Elaine, I would say there are always things we can do to show our love for God and others. You are probably already doing some things. I would also say that God calls us to do what we can do. He doesn’t expect us to do what others are able to do. We all have limitations. But perhaps our opportunities are within those limits.

  3. Oh Derek, the poetry you passed on really blessed my heart this morning. Simple and straightforward but what power in that message!

    Cheryl Ann

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