I believe everyone likes to be chosen. Remember back in elementary school when it came time to choose up sides for the P.E. time sports teams? It was an honor to be chosen first. That meant our classmates esteemed us as an asset and we were popular. (And popularity meant a lot in elementary school!) In high school, we wanted to be chosen to compete on the sports team, or sit on the homecoming court, or represent the school as a cheerleader or student body officer. Some of us even competed on the academic level, to be recognized as a high achiever so we could be chosen to receive scholarships and be chosen as one of the few accepted at our dream university. Each time we were chosen, the choice carried with it the responsibility to perform in some way, but we didn’t mind. Being chosen was an honor, and carrying out whatever we had to do was no problem at all.
Being chosen as part of a team or group, or even being pointed out as an achiever, does not eclipse the feeling of being chosen as someone special – and then being treated as someone special – by an individual. My husband could be married to any woman in the world, but he chose me. My friends could spend their time with anybody on the planet, but they choose to hang out with me. I once heard someone say, “People don’t have to be nice, and they certainly don’t have to be nice to you.” Carrying out our part in the relationship is a joy when we reflect on the blessing of being chosen into it.
There’s something within us that causes us to long to be chosen. But even if we’re chosen into high school teams, college clubs, and adult relationships, there will be an emptiness none of those associations can fill until we realize and accept that we have been chosen by God for a purpose. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (NKJ).
It shouldn’t be hard for us to obey God when we reflect on what a blessing it is to have been chosen by Him. Let’s serve Him today with the grateful hearts of the chosen.
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