Called and Chosen of God

by Ted Kyle

"Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations'" (Jer. 1:4-5).

The Lord God specifically called Jeremiah to be a prophet-not just to his people but "to the nations." In similar fashion, I am convinced, God called forth many heroes and personalities of the Old Testament: Adam, Noah, Moses, Gideon, Davidthe list could be well-nigh endless.

But more to my present point, God called forth His Son, Jesus Christ, and all who are the called and chosen ones who call upon the Name of Jesus. These are the "royal priesthood"-called to be kings and priests by God Himself.

I believe that every true child of God is entitled to apply Jeremiah 1:4-5 to himself or herself. I believe that God says to us: "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee." We are precious to our Father-not merely as part of the church, but as individuals-totally unique and individually gifted by our Creator for a particular purpose.

Are we not "his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10)? Certainly God called some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers (Eph. 4:11); but beyond that, He called every Christian to fulfill some role, some task for the Master. We are all called and chosen to do our bit for God's glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom

Father God knew each of us in the womb; before we were born He ordained each of us to fulfill some destiny. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers (1 Cor. 13:29)? Obviously not. But we are all something! Every one of us has an important part to play in God's grand scheme of things, to build together His Kingdom.

There are no useless parts or persons in the church. And anybody who doesn't know what his or her Kingdom function is needs to seek that knowledge from the Father of wisdom. Chances are that, wittingly or unwittingly, we are already functioning in the role God designed for us. Or else we are in preparatory roles to fit us for greater tasks. Or both.

In any event, we need to praise our Maker for lovingly fashioning each of us for our assigned tasks. Praise His Name!<![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>

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