This spring I was given the amazing privilege to speak for the 15th Annual Almira Coulee Hartline Ladies Retreat! A tremendous honor, as I am almost from there, a hometown girl. But, also, because I was asked to speak on one of my favorite topics, Chosen, based on our Blossom Ministries key verse.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. ~ John 15:16a
Our time together was broken up into three main sessions: Chosen, Chosen to be YOU, and Chosen for Influence. Following the pattern I used last fall after our Blossom retreat, I will give you a brief summary of the sessions here in three posts by the same names.
Why we are chosen is crucial to our understanding that we are chosen. We must realize and believe that God chose us because He loves us!
My daughter loves Christmas Hallmark movies, she has 27 of them saved in her Netflix account. There is something satisfying about the predictability of a Hallmark movie.
God’s love for you and me is as predictable as the plot line of a Hallmark romance.
“The Christmas story – it begins in the beginning, this love story that’s been coming for you since the beginning. It begins with the always coming of Christ. Christ, who is there in the beginning, the voice calling out of darkness, an echo in cosmic emptiness, speaks it by the commanding word of His mouth: Let there be…No matter your story before, this is your beginning now: you were formed by Love…for love.” ~ Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
Can you grasp the predictability of God’s love?
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, ~ Ephesians 3:16-18
We are chosen and this is founded on God’s love and backed up by His unchangeable character!
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! ~ I John 3:1
We are chosen by God, and because God does not change, He also does not change His mind or His love.
“…When a child fails, he will be grieved because he has hurt his parents, and he will be corrected and disciplined. But he is not afraid of being thrown out. His basic confidence is in belonging and being loved, and his performance does not change the stability of his position.” ~ David Seamands
Ultimately we must find our security in God’s faithfulness, not ours. Our worth is not dependant on what we do right or wrong, or what we produce whether it fails or succeeds!
Your identity literally means ‘the same’ – that regardless of changing circumstances, the core of you is unchangeable, stable, the same. When your identity is in Christ, your identity is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” ~ Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way
God’s character does not change even when our circumstances change.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?…No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. ~ Romans 8:35, 37 NLT
We are chosen by God and that is securely based on His unchanging nature. He says to us in John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you!”