Be ready when and if God chooses you

The Oswald Chambers devotional My Utmost for His Highest blew me away this morning.  It talks about what a difference it makes being chosen by God for His work verses choosing to do God’s work if you are not the one chosen.  In John 15:16, Jesus tells the disciples “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Chambers says when we are chosen by God for certain work, God places the right motives in our heart, mind, and soul.  Conversely, people who insist on working for God even though they are not the ones called to do that particular work do not have God’s motives and purpose in them.  Chambers says sometimes God has to bend, break, and mold the person He has called while the people He has not called are not bendable, breakable, or moldable.  I hope you’re following this.

More specifically, I hear Chambers saying that well intentioned people can put themselves in positions of being God’s workers in certain areas even thought they are not the ones God chooses.  And to give it a bottom line:  Often times it’s not the people with their hand up that God is choosing.  There’s a difference between volunteering for God’s service and being called to God’s service.  Throughout the Bible, person after person who did not have their hand up is chosen – Moses, Samuel, David, Mary, Paul, the disciples, and the list goes on.

This may sound like bad news to some of you who are being called to things and you don’t want to do them.  However, there’s good news about that!   Chambers says that God makes the ordinary people He chooses extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Chambers closes his writing this way:

He will do with you what He never did before His calling came to you, and He will do with you what He is not doing with other people (who are doing the work to which He has not called them).  Let Him have His way.

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