At this point, I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me apologise for my long absences but I’ll still say it anyway. I’m so sorry guys for being away for so long….my life is full right now so I’m happy that I was able to find some time to share with y’all. Thanks for all your encouragement and please know that I don’t take it for granted.
There are a number of things on my heart to talk about but I’ll start with one that has been on my mind for the longest time. I had a conversation with a friend of mine from work about the hardships of being chosen by God. The bible is riddled with stories of people who were chosen by God to do great things. Two classic examples are Joseph in the old testament and Paul in the new testament. When we examine their lives closely we see that although they were great men of God that enjoyed wealth and influence at one point in time in their lives, they also experienced hardship and intense struggle; Joseph was a slave who was falsely accused and put in prison and Paul (Saul) was beaten, stoned, imprisoned, bitten by a snake, etc. because God had chosen him to share the message of salvation with the gentiles
These two men illustrate to me the fact that God’s chosen go through intense trials but all these serve to fulfil God’s purpose in their lives; if Joseph had not been sold into slavery or imprisoned, the seven-year famine would have wiped out Israel and Egypt. If Paul had not withstood the hardships of being persecuted and eventually killed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the hope of all mankind, would have been lost.
Another thing I’ve found out about being chosen is that the trials you go through shape your ministry. When I was younger, I was physically bigger and you can imagine me being the butt of many jokes (kids can be mean) and I was always looking for someone to save me or defend me. I also thought that losing weight or looking a certain kind of way would bring me happiness…..I know for a fact that isn’t true and I wish there was someone who could have explained to me back then (in a language I would have understood) that what I was looking for could only be found in Jesus. Today, I have a heart for ministry to young girls…..to make them understand that no man can save you, only Jesus can do that. To bring them into the knowledge of who they are in Christ Jesus because when you have the revelation of that knowledge and you walk in it, you are a LIONESS!! You know that the value of who you are lies in Who you belong to and you are not moved by the world and its transient opinions.
If I hadn’t gone through that difficult time in my life, I would not have been able to understand the minds of young ladies in similar situations and I would have been ill-equipped to minister to them. Many of us walk around holding onto past hurts that we ought to have let go a long time ago. Meanwhile, the fruits of our past suffering ought to have been manifested in active compassion for those currently going through what we have previously experienced.
I believe that everyone has been chosen by God to fulfil a certain purpose. However, many of us are ignorant of the fact that we have an active role to play in being chosen. Imagine if you’re chosen to represent your school or company at an international competition and after receiving the honour of that position, you go home and twiddle our thumbs without doing much to prepare. Someone else will be chosen because you did not make yourself available. Many of us have been chosen by God to do great things and great opportunities have been laid out before us but we fail to take advantage of those opportunities. Many of us want to effect change in out nation….you can’t do that by sitting at home and complaining. Get an education, be well-read on politics and issues of the nation, actively meet with like-minded people. Then you can be well-positioned to be used by God to effect change.
Being chosen by God is different from walking in the path of “chosen-ness”. The latter requires that we play and active role and you cannot be effective in that calling without going through struggles and trials. That’s what shapes you and equips you to be a perfect fit for what you have been chosen by God to do.
“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NET)