Divine Selection

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, October 07, 2019

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16 NIV

This is the season when high schoolers are applying to colleges and universities. Many parents are anxious about where their children are going to go to college. That anxiety has a lot to do with the rising cost of higher education. Thus, parents like my wife, and I are hoping that our son will get an excellent package to ease the financial burden of paying for his college years.

Students in America are also competing with international students who are applying to get into US schools. The competition is so fierce that many parents are using illegal means to ensure that their children get accepted in their desired college or university. Most parents want their children to be selected by the best schools so they can get the best education. Some of the best colleges and universities, however, use stringent criteria to select their students. These schools only accept the best of the best, and they seldom select average students to matriculate in their illustrious school.

I am so glad God does not have rigid criteria for choosing his followers. If he did, none of us would have qualified to do his kingdom work. Every now and then, we need to be reminded that we are not saved because of our goodness. Nor are we called to serve Almighty God because of our qualification. It is all because of God’s grace that we have been saved, chosen, and appointed to do God’s kingdom work.

In today’s text, Jesus reminds the disciples that they did not choose him, but he chose them and appointed them to bear fruit. Jesus’ disciples consisted of tax collectors, prostitutes, uneducated fishermen, and many others who did not meet the standard of the Jewish religious establishment. None of the disciples could have been selected to be a rabbi. They certainly would not be selected to be in the Sanhedrin council. However, Jesus selected them and appointed them to do his great commission work.

In selecting his disciples, Jesus also qualified them. Though that qualification did not enhance their standing among their contemporaries, it changed their identity and transformed them into God’s royal priesthood and members of his holy nation. Jesus did not ask any of his disciples for their bio before they could follow him. He chose them despite their many flaws.

You and I do not have to be perfect to do the work of a perfect God. We do not need a Ph. D in theology to proclaim the good news of the gospel. If you are saved, then God has chosen you. If you are chosen, then no one should prevent you from proclaiming the name of Jesus wherever you go.

Our sinful past and the spiritual struggles of the present do not disqualify us from proclaiming our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. We should never make anyone feel unwelcome in the house of God. Nor should we ever treat anyone as if he or she is unfit to do God’s kingdom work. When Jesus rose from the grave with all power in his hand, he qualified everyone and called us all to become his disciples. That does not mean you, and I will not make mistakes. Thus the need for genuine grace in the body of Christ.

The truth is that now and then, I feel unworthy to do the work of God. When I think of the awesomeness of God and the power of his holiness, I say woe is me. But, then the Holy Spirit reminds me, I do not work for God because of my righteousness. I am made righteous because of my faithfulness to my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for choosing us despite our sinful nature. Help your followers to share the good news about God’s divine selection process that is open to all sinners.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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