So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen – Matthew 20:16
Although we have been chosen by God to be joint heirs with Jesus Christ, it doesn’t exclude us from suffering or hardships in life.
Chosen by God brings responsibilities and is made in God’s image to represent His glory on the earth. Being chosen or favored by God doesn’t mean our lives will be happy all day, and we’re on our way to heaven with a dance and a song.
Earth is God’s footstool, and heaven is His throne. God has chosen people to represent His glory on earth. He has chosen people He knows will yield to His will and is willing to be led by His Word and His Spirit. Many think that to be favored or chosen by God brings nothing but joy, but this is an illusion of one’s thinking of the preparation to be used by God.
Many understand the cost and have rejected the call to be chosen. Chosen or favored comes with difficulties, tears, rejection, disappointments, and being talked about rejection, but if the chosen continue in the faith by believing God and His Word although they sowed in sorry, they will reap joy.
God chose Moses to deliver God’s people from Egypt; he had to leave his home with Pharaoh, the splendor, beauty, and prestige to live a common life. He was chosen by God, and God used him to perform miracles and signs and wonders. As God manifested Himself through Moses his family and others begin to think he was beside himself, and they murmured and complained.
Moses was anointed and rejected. God has chosen Christians to deliver His people from Egypt, a spiritual place where they have been in bondage by Pharaoh, better known as Satan. Don’t think because you have been chosen; everyone is going to appreciate the anointing in your life; matter of fact, many will be jealous and envy you as well as don’t want to be in your presence because of the anointing; you will be labeled as thinking you’re beside yourself.
So now, you will have to deal with being chosen but rejected. The rejection isn’t for you, but the Spirit that lives within you is what people will reject; as a chosen vessel, you must know it’s not you but the anointing God has placed in you.
God chose Mary; she faced ridicule because she accepted the call. During that time, if a woman became pregnant and unmarried, she was stoned to death. Mary could have rejected the call, but she didn’t she count it an honor to be chosen by God.
Everyone is not chosen by God to be a vessel; as a chosen vessel, we’re to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy to God (I beseech you, therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service – Romans 12:1). A chosen vessel is anyone accepting salvation. Christians are to be separate from the world; their lifestyle, dress, and actions should reflect being a child of God.
Christians are being conformed to the world rather than the world being conformed to God’s written instructions. God’s anointing is not flowing as it should because too many Christians want to partake in the world’s actions (Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty – 2nd Corinthians 6:17-18).
Being children of God means you have received His Spirit, and His Spirit does not participate in the actions of the world. Just as our Father is holy, we should be holy, meaning we have submitted ourselves completely to God and His written Word.
When Jesus returns, He’s coming back for those that submitted themselves to God and the written Word, those that have not will be left on earth to suffer the consequences of their choices to suffer in the Great Tribulation.
Examine yourself: Do you feel His Spirit, hear Him when He’s talking, or do you get an unction to pray or praise Him? If not, you need to rededicate yourself to the Lord (Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves. Know ye, not your own selves how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates – 2nd Corinthians 13:5)?
If you find yourself talking more about television programs, entertainers, and things of the secular world than you can talk about God, something is wrong; you have made them your god. Who you worship is who you will talk about!
Chosen is dedicated to pleasing God; His desire is their desire. His will is their will. Their affections are on things of God and not the world. Sin is bondage, and Jesus delivered us from the bondage of sin when we received salvation (Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage – Galatians 5:1).
When we present ourselves to God according to His Word, our prayers, praise, and worship will be acceptable to Him (Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ – 2nd Peter 2:5).
You are chosen; live like it!