“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 15:16
These are among the words Jesus spoke to the disciples in the Upper Room hours before he was betrayed.
It’s easy to accept that Jesus chose his disciples. We read about how God chose Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and Mary to play key roles in the plan for our redemption.
But those are “people in the Bible.”
I think, if we’re honest, most of us probably don’t consider that WE are also chosen by God. We might believe that we have a gift or two and maybe a specific assignment or purpose….
But to say we are “chosen”…..well that can start to sound like we’re putting ourselves on a pedestal right up there with all those ‘people in the Bible.’
That’s exactly what the Enemy wants us to think. He wants us to feel like we’re irrelevant, mediocre, or that we’re too “important” or “valuable.” If you have any curiosity about how the Enemy works, read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
When I was growing up, I felt like God had something big in store for me. I’d survived a major accident when I was three and made it through a host of other challenges. Feedback from teachers indicated something big was ahead. I was confident, attentive to detail, willing to work hard, and blessed with talent. Nothing much happened. I was reasonably successful but didn’t appear to be “chosen” for anything.
When I was in my early 30s, I’d felt called to write and speak, so that’s what I started to do.
Among other things, I ended up writing a screenplay about Esther and Mordecai, certain THAT was a mission given to me. Perhaps it was. Nothing came of it at the time. I received positive feedback from an Academy Award-winning screenwriter from a small production company who didn’t have the budget to produce a film of that scale. Eventually, I packed the screenplay away in a box and forgot about it for several years.
In January 2015, as I seeking to discern my “three words” to guide the year, I happened upon a certain verse in one of the Psalms that mentioned the scepter. That reminded me of Esther and how she had risked her life by going in to see King Xerxes without being summoned, but he extended his scepter and her life was spared.
By extending his scepter, the king gave Esther the right to speak. She had been chosen for such a time and role.
At that moment, I knew that one of my three words for 2015 was scepter. It was a metaphor for “the right, power and authority to speak out.” I’d put my writing and speaking dreams on the shelf for too long. It was time to move forward.
I implemented the plan I had been working on for two years. Nothing much happened.
On November 1, 2015, I woke with a mission to write something different.
I started typing and a fictional story began to unfold…the last words before I reached a stopping point were, “See the unseen.”
I wasn’t sure what He meant at that moment, but I knew God had just given me those words.
It’s been almost two years since then. Life was pretty bleak during a big chunk of that time. I felt invisible, not chosen. Almost, but not quite.
Even in the midst of what seemed like silence, God let me know He was there. Jesus said he will never leave us nor forsake us. And He never let me go.
I’ve come to better understand that faith is about holding on to what is unseen and that I truly am designed, hand-picked, singled out, and Chosen by God.
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:35
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Sheree Martin is a lawyer, entrepreneur and digital media consultant. She’s on a mission to help others Discover, Grow and Shine. Sheree is mom to multiple furry creatures and aunt to three awesome young adults. She loves spending time outdoors, especially at Shine Springs Farm, doing anything fitness related, and cooking real food for friends and family. Click here to read more about Sheree.