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What Does It Mean To Be CHOSEN?





 
What Does It Mean To Be CHOSEN?

Do you know that God CHOSE you? In 1 Peter 2:9, we are told, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light."

The Word of God is inerrant. Thus, you are a CHOSEN person of Almighty God! But what does that mean? How can we really put that into an easily understood piece of information to be tucked away into our hearts, so that we never forget that we are CHOSEN by God to His Royal Priesthood?

My dear sister in Christ and prayer/accountability partner told me I have a knack with acronyms. Possibly so, more than likely as a leftover from my days in the Army. But I do find that they help me remember things that bear remembering. So, I began to ponder what being CHOSEN really means to me and what I should tuck away into my heart. This is what I came up with:

C - Claimed

H - Humbled

O - Obedient

S - Selfless

E - Encouraged

N - Nevertheless


God claimed me from before my birth as His child. As such, I am to be a humbled and obedient servant to Him, remembering the selfless sacrifice of His Only Son for us. I am to never be discouraged, but to always remain encouraged and to encourage others for as a Child of God, CHOSEN by Him, I have a hope, a plan, a future that surpasses all understanding of this world. Above all, as a Child of God, I am to have a nevertheless FAITH in our Almighty God that He is God in the storms, in the calm, in the light and in the shadows. Regardless of what the enemy and the world throws at me, I am a CHOSEN Child of God, and I will NOT be defeated.

So, that is what being CHOSEN means to me. How about you?

What do you come up with?

YSIC,

Virginia

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Linda Young(@savedbyegrace)

  Virginia, Indeed you do have the gift of the acronym! I was looking to see where that gift is listed in Scripture . . . LOL. We don't even have to get into deep doctrine to fully appreciate and be humbled by the fact that no matter how we view it or word it, God chose us. He chose each and every person He ever created! Why he chose me, I'll never understand. But it's enough to know that He did. Love ya bunches, Gracie


Samantha Shemer(@youaregolden)

  I agree with grace! You have a gift happy! Thanks for that reminder! love ya! -Golden


Kelly Dunn(@heartlanddoulos)

  Monkey Wrench Time... Right out of the box I will say that I KNOW God chooses us - - and to the specifics I'll be back with a more detailed response, but until then I need to get everyone thinking on this one. The reason is because sooner or later some person who has experienced heart wrenching tragedy will ask you this question, or at least one similar to this question... and as Christians we must ALWAYS be ready to give a defense for the reason of our faith to evweryone with gentleness and respect. Their quest might look aomething like this: WHY did God NOT choose my husband? ...my teenage son who died in an accident? ...my dad.. even though I shared the gospel with him and prayed and shared my heart out (as in my case) You probably fill in a name yourself. Personally, with happytoberestored's post I am reminded that I had better be ready with a CREDIBLE answer to the next person (there have been others in the past) who asks me that kind of SERIOUS question. I HOPE none of you will simply dismiss this question and move on in your faith... I guess I better stop there before I say something that might upset somebody. happytoberestored I am NOT even suggesting that you have NOT wrestled this crucial doctrine to the ground, you very well might have, but I suspect not EVERYONE who reads this blog has. So my challenge then, is really directed towards those who will not engage those who are asking those of us who profess to Believe HARD questions. Grace and Peace from the Heartland


Virginia Sills(@happytoberestored)

  Okay, I am going to say this as gently as I can and hope we can leave it at this -- God did choose every single one of us, as it is HIS will that NOT ONE of us should perish. However, He did imbue us each with the free will to either choose or reject Him. He still loves us just the same. YSIC, Virginia


John B. Abela+(@abelajohnb)

  Allow me to jump in here a moment... and sorry for invading your Blog Entry happytoberestored ;)


To the folks out there who just have to get into an argument about this or that or whatever...

This Blog Entry has NOTHING at all to do with Predestination, Providentialism, Determinism, Calvinism, Arminianism, or any other "ion" or "ism"... so the first person that takes it there will find the... well... you know :-p

This is a great Blog Entry about one Christian womans insight into the beauty of the Triune Godhead... so, nobody had better take this Blog Entry "off-topic"...

Ok, glad we all understand

Thanks,
John B. Abela


Kelly Dunn(@heartlanddoulos)

  Mr. Abela and Everyone... I certainly was not trying to challenge anyone's right to their particular belief. In fact, I whole heartedly AGREE with happytoberestored's statements in this blog! I thought I was being very careful not to sound confrontational in any way. That IS what I like about THIS blogging community. I fully understand and appreciate the fact there are wide variety of doctrinal views here. However, I took happytoberestored's question "So, that is what being CHOSEN means to me. How about you? ...What do you come up with?" to mean that she invited my response. I want to publically apologize if I misread her statement. Grace and Peace from the Heartland


Virginia Sills(@happytoberestored)

  Heartland, Thank you for explaining your comment, and yes, I certainly did invite response. :) You are right that we need to be able to explain our Faith and help spread the Gospel effectively. Thank you for helping us see that aspect of being CHOSEN. Being chosen does have responsibilities. One of them is to remember that we are all part of the same Body of Christ, and are told to love one another as we love Him. Thank you for reminding me. YSIC, Virginia



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