CHOSEN SERVANTS

The practical effect of receiving God’s grace in our hearts through Jesus Christ results in Christ-followers becoming His servants. “I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, 'You are my servant.' For I have chosen you and will not throw you away.” — Isaiah 41:9  

Even though we prone to be unfaithful and certainly are unworthy, yet because of His faithful nature we are His servants eating from His table and obeying His directives. Before He saved us we were the servants of sin. Now, because of His death, burial, and resurrection we have been made free. As a result each of us has now been taken into His family where we are being taught obedience to His will. We do not serve our Master perfectly, but we would if we could.

The Lord calls us not only His servants, but His chosen ones—"I have chosen you."

 We didn’t choose Him first, but He has chosen us. If we are to be God's servants—knowing that we are not always leaning that direction to be so—we are meant to ascribe to His sovereign grace. God’s focused eye of sovereignty singled us out, and His clarion voice of unchanging grace declares to us, "I have loved you with an everlasting love."
Jeremiah 31:3

Long before time began or space was created God had written upon His heart the names of His elect people, and has predestinated them to be conformed unto the image of His Son (c.f. Romans 8:29). Christ-followers are ordained heirs of all the fullness of His love, His grace, and His glory.

If the Lord has had His eye on you and loved you that long how could you ever think He would cast you to the side of the road? He knew how stiff-necked you would be. He understood that your heart is evil. Still, and yet, He made the choice to love you forever. Depend on the Word of God for comfort, Christ-follower!

Our Savior doesn’t love us only when the mood strikes Him. He is in no way a fickle lover. He doesn’t not feel enthralled for a while with some momentary gleams of beauty for His church, and then afterwards change His mind and cast her off because of her unfaithfulness. No way! He married her for all eternity; and to take and cast off His bride would be contrary to His word and nature. Notice what the prophet wrote in Malachi 2:16, “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty.”

God’s eternal choice to choose us is a pledge holding in dynamic union our gratitude and His faithfulness which neither party can disown. Can you say, “Thank You Jesus!”

 

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