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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Are You Chosen or Choosing?
By Cherry Bieber


John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you.”

A band of little boys met in a nearby field and prepared for a neighborhood game of softball. The two captains stood aside and eyed the others critically and took turns choosing their team members. Those waiting to be chosen shifted nervously from foot to foot and some whispered excitedly, “Oh, pick me, pick me!” Upon being chosen, each boy ran with a whoop and holler to the captain who had chosen him. He felt a deep sense of pride over having been chosen and silently vowed to play as hard and fast as he could to help his team win. His excitement over having been chosen was the “fire in his furnace.”

There is something that feels so good about being chosen. Unfortunately, we pride ourselves in being singled out and chosen for jobs, games, projects, etc., but when it comes to being chosen by God, there is no “fire in the furnace.” With boastful pride we can often be heard talking about the great choices we have made. We walk a wide berth around the humble truth that God’s choosing us is what has set us apart, rather than some great choice of our own.

What if we really came to understand that God chose us? When we realize that it is God who has done the choosing and not us, the focus immediately becomes Christ-centered rather than self-centered. Perhaps in this realization and new focus, we would have that healthy pride that would cause us to go that extra mile and give everything we have to serve Him. With such an attitude, we are then able to become the vessels through which prayers according to His perfect will begin to flow. We are then the vessels through which true intercessory prayers are poured out. These are the prayers that cannot miss and the prayers in which the word of God is spoken and will not return to Him void of what He sent them out to do.

I don’t mean to suggest that we will suddenly see every prayer answered in our time and our way. Rather, in praying we develop that peace that passes all understanding because we have prayed the prayer of faith and absolute trust and not the prayer that demands immediate gratification. In the realization that God has done the choosing, we no longer ask with the hidden agenda that others might see Him answer our prayers according to our will and bring glory to self.

“…I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”

It is only in the understanding that He is the One who has chosen us that everlasting fruit can be produced in our lives. All that is the desire of God’s heart will one day be brought into His perfect order through the prayers of those He has chosen…because this is the means through which He has chosen to do it.

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Kristi Sands05/03/07
While reading, I pictured myself in a line of anxious children. Jesus was standing before me, pointing, "I want you." It does put a "fire in the furnace," doesn't it? Thanks for the reminder!
Jan Ackerson 05/07/07
Your first paragraph is wonderful! Super illustration of a really pertinent lesson.