The very word breathes purpose and security.
How different from the please-let-the-earth-swallow-me feeling we knew in elementary school when we were snubbed by the cool kids, in college when the cute guy asked our roommate out, or yesterday when the woman who has it all together got the position we secretly wanted.
How many days do we live defeated? Like unlucky leftovers. Like we could never compare to “them," to “her," to the chosen ones.
But that’s not reality. It’s a lie.
The truth is, you are chosen. I am chosen.
We’re chosen to be daughters of the King. Will we accept the invitation to be in relationship with Him?
And then, will we accept the calling for which we’ve been chosen?
“You have not chosen me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain…” John 15:16
I wonder… do we forget that we’re each chosen for a position that only we can fill?
"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
I think of sisters in Christ embracing unique, bittersweet paths...
- One is chosen to serve across the world. Called to live the cross-cultural life that twists, confuses, wearies, and yet overflows.
- Another is chosen to be the faithful wife of a difficult husband, finding grace in the cracks of the brokenness.
- One is chosen to endure chronic pain, cancer, and sleepless nights where Jesus shows up like most of us have never known.
- Yet another is chosen to open her hands and heart as baby after baby miscarries and sees Jesus before seeing Mommy.
Sometimes our callings fill us with wonder, like Mary when she understood she carried the Son of God inside her. We spill over with joy for the privilege of being chosen.
And then the days come when our role is the last thing on earth we want. Mary knew about those days of darkness and earthquakes and death too.
For what have you been chosen?
Do you realize it’s a calling, not a curse?
You and only you are entrusted with this burden, this dream, this joy, this pain. Jesus knows it’s the only calling to adequately show you His sufficiency. It aligns perfectly with your strengths and weaknesses.
The hurt and the beauty are both necessary to create the passion that only you will have.
Embrace it. Every part of it. None of it is for nothing.
The One who created you, formed you in your mother’s womb, was crucified and rose again to redeem you, who empowers you each and every moment... He knows what He's doing.
And He called you to walk this path. This broken road that leads to Heaven.
He knows you, He loves you, and He chooses you.
Where are you right now? Embracing the call God chose for you? Fighting it? Doubting it? Let me know below... I'd love to pray for you.