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Monday, February 6, 2017

Chosen - Humbled by Selection

February 6

(John 15:16 NIV) "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."

(Acts 9:15-16 NIV) ""But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. {16} I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.""

(Colossians 3:12 NIV) "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

Some Christians think the teaching that we’ve been “chosen” by God will cause believers to become prideful. That’s certainly a possibility. All great blessings from God can cause pride. But the opposite thinking can be even worse. Believing that we do all the choosing can lead to an even more prideful spirit. So, there is danger to be found on both sides of this theological debate. But being “chosen” should bring humility rather than pride. The apostles knew they had been chosen, but not because they were superior. They realized they had been chosen to suffer for the sake of the gospel. This did not make them prideful -- it humbled them and made them powerful as they laid their lives down for Jesus. They clothed themselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” This is the garb of the truly chosen. What are you wearing today, chosen one? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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