I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:15-17)
Read: Matthew 15:21 – 16:12, Mark 7:24 – 8:21
Relate: What if I was someone else? It is a bit of a daydream that I fall back on every now and then. I don’t mean by it, what if I was Justin Bieber or Derek Jeter or anything like that. I mean, what if I was born to a different time? What it I was raised in another culture speaking another language? How would my life be different, my worldview be different, if I were born in Cambodia instead of America? How would I have grown if I was the third of three kids instead of the second of eight? What if I was born into staggering wealth and affluence? What if I was born to a family that had to walk three miles every day just to get clean water? Instead of being 5’10” what if I was 6’10” or 4’10”, how would that change my outlook on life?
React: Mental exercises like these are for me to challenge everything, question everything. What I know, what I think, even how I think, given the right circumstances it can all get tossed out the window. Except one thing. It is an unquestionable, undeniable truth that God chose me to be a follower of Him. I did not chose Christ, He chose me. So no matter where I was born. No matter what my religious or cultural upbringing eventually, somehow, I would end up serving Him. I am His.
The only question that leaves, is how long would I have spent running and trying to evade His call on my life? If I was born to a Muslim family in Iran, I might have tried to avoid His calling longer and harder than I have. Perhaps if I had been born to an atheist or nominal family in western Europe, I might have done my best to simply ignore it. No matter what, when, or where, sooner or later I would end up passionately following Him. It defines me. Does it you? Or are you still running, evading, opposing, or perhaps ignoring His call?
God, I am so grateful that You have called me and chosen me. There is nothing I could have done. There is no way I can earn your favor. It isn’t an accident of birth or upbringing. It isn’t a fate of culture. I am Yours. I always will be Yours, and in every possible imaginable scenario, I belong to You. Do with me as You please.
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Could you elaborate on what you mean by Christ choosing you–not you choosing Christ?
Very good B.J. I ran for a long time and He stayed right on my tail until I stopped and then He was right there to welcome me. All praise, honor, and glory to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.
He ran me down, too!
Love it! Excellent food for thought.
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I really enjoyed this as I often have similar “what if” thoughts. But I like the truth you made: the outcome would be the same. Awesome revelation! Thank you!
This verse (John 15:16) has given me confidence to walk down new paths with my Lord. To think that the Creator of the world chose me is overwhelming. And he didn’t stop at just choosing me but he said he would use me and bless me. Thank you for writing on this scripture. I especially liked that you acknowledged that every person is dealt with by God. Every person. No matter their earthly heritage. No exceptions. God loves them and chose to die for them too. That’s beautiful.