Why were we chosen by God? Why did Jesus die for us? Were we chosen just so that we don’t have to go to hell when we die? No, God had a purpose in forgiving and saving sinners. I’d like to look at that purpose and how we can fulfill our God-given assignment as His precious children.
The short answer to why were were chosen is to glorify God. What does that mean – how do we bring Him glory? His Word gives us many ways that we can bring Him glory: we have the privilege of telling people about His Son, what He did for us on the cross, we serve Him by obeying Him, by living for Him (being busy about His business, building the kingdom). We are called to have self-control, enduring through trials, testings, and persecution. In doing this we are told to be thankful for everything, encouraging one another when we speak. We are also to correct and sometimes even rebuke one another, bearing our brothers and sisters burdens, at all times loving them and striving for unity. Wow, I don’t know about you but all this seems to be a tall order to me! That’s a lot, and quite frankly, some days seem to be packed full of just fighting my sinful nature every step of the way. Feeling overwhelmed – I know I am! But, we have a gracious and merciful Father who tells us that He requires all this of us, oh, and did I mention that we are to be perfect as He is perfect!
I am so very thankful that He doesn’t just say, “now, I’ve saved you, go and get busy doing all these things”. No, He knows we need help, that we can’t on our own live to bring Him glory. He has graciously given us His Spirit and His Word. He tells us in His word that He strengthens us with the surpassing greatness of His power, the power that was used to raise His Son from the dead! He tells us in His word that He loves us with a love that surpasses knowledge! He tells us that He is in control of all things and that He will be exalted among the nations! So, we can relax a little – we aren’t in this on our own. But we must be in the Word consistently.
We have got to have the encouragement, hope, and joy that we find in the Word of God. We need to be reminded that though we sin He still loves us and is always ready to forgive us, pick us up, dust us off, and take our hand, expecting repentance. We must be reminded that though we have this momentary light affliction, there is an eternal resting place that will far outweigh all that we will suffer here.
Those of us who are “Marthas” need to constantly remind ourselves that there is no greater joy than being with Him. Our flesh keeps running after our husbands, children, hobbies, jobs, and ministries to find joy, and despite the fact that we find time after time that all of these “joys” will let us down – that this is not where true and everlasting joy is found, we keep looking to them. We have to keep having this talk with ourselves – our Creator and Redeemer is our greatest need and satisfaction. And, being with Him is the only way to fulfill our purpose here – to bring Him glory with all our being.