I drew a line in the sand. “Enough is enough. Today, you have to choose between me and him.” And so at the ripe old age of fifteen I already felt I was entitled to the exclusive affection of the girl I was “in love” with. I would not tolerate any competition. Forced to choose, she did. Unfortunately, she did not have enough sense to choose me. She chose George! I went home and went to bed, a rejected boy. So if you think I am messed up today and in need of serious counseling, that’s why. Blame this girl who did not have enough sense to know what was good for her!
But thank God, one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure. While others may reject you, God does not. When He had to decide what to do with you, He chose you.
“You have not chosen me,” Jesus said to His raggedy bunch of disciples, “but I have chosen you and ordained you to bear much fruit and that your fruit should remain.” (John 15:16)
And just look at these powerful words penned by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:3-5.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to the adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
Now, those verses actually say that God chose you before He started to create the world! That suggests He created the world for you, and He created it with you on His mind!
I was meditating upon this truth some time ago when I sensed God saying something like this to me: “Son, I created the world for you, not for me. And you, I created for Myself, not for the world.”
Wow, I am God’s true love! Chosen, loved, accepted in Christ Jesus– if that can’t undo the damage done to my self-image by that girl who had no sense but to choose George over me, nothing else can!
Beloved, you can’t make everybody accept you, or love you. It would be nice were that the case, but it just isn’t going to happen. But should that really be a big deal since according to the Scriptures, you are God’s true love?
This fact alone, that God loves you and has created you for Himself, should make you want to hug yourself and say aloud, “I am, of all men, most blessed.”
So go ahead and do it! You have a right to feel very special. After all, the King of kings has chosen you for Himself.
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Thank you Bishop for always revealing deep wisdom to us, so powerful, especially in paragraphs 6,7.
God never “PREPARE US BEFORE PREPARING FOR US”, like he did the world before us, check that out Brethren!
I was blessed by this revelation: “Son, I created the world for you, not for me. And you, I created for Myself, not for the world.”
I have this revelation last year, I though I would share this with you. 🙂
“the chief beginning of man is to be loved by God”
I used to think that God created me to serve Him. now I know, God created me to be loved by Him. what Joy must it be for God to be serve by His sons whom He loved and not the servants whom He pays.
may we see more of Jesus, God’s love personified.
– grace and peace
Thanks Bishop! So glad he chose me. Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on me that “I” … yes, even “I” should be called a son of God. I am still amazed!
Thank you! This is timely. Prompts the uplifting of my spirit in the face of challenges.