Chosen and appointed by God (2)

Chosen and appointed by God (2)

06 April 2018
‘You are now fully adopted as his own.’

The word ‘appointed’ means God has scheduled certain things to take place in your life at certain seasons. Sometimes people have to make lifestyle adjustments to accommodate an unexpected pregnancy – but nobody adopts a child by accident. Think: knowing in advance about all your weaknesses, God chose you anyway. ‘You are now fully adopted as his own…an heir, with complete access’ (vv. 5-7 MSG). You never have to wonder whether it’s okay to approach your heavenly Father because He’s always ready to welcome you. Your seat is reserved at the table. ‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies’ (Psalm 23:5 NIV 2011 Edition). That means obstacles and opposition can’t rob you of God’s blessing. Being ‘chosen and appointed’ is like having a platinum credit card: you get preferential treatment! But that doesn’t give you licence to live however you please. Some of us are like the little boy who prayed, ‘Lord, make me a good boy. But if You can’t, don’t worry – I’m having a great time the way I am!’ No, ‘the Lord disciplines those he loves, and…accepts as a son’ (Hebrews 12:6 NIV 1984 Edition). And God’s correction isn’t rejection, it’s proof of His love! You’re not chosen and appointed based on your race, virtues, gifts, talents, looks, and intelligence. God chose you because He loves you and has a special plan for your life. And the best part is, He’s going to strengthen and equip you to fulfil it. ‘He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion’ (Philippians 1:6 NIV 2011 Edition).