November 5, 2018

When people want to get a good job they send out resumes listing their accomplishments, their degrees and their good character qualities. They hope that somehow their resume will stand out more than all the others and that they will be chosen for the job.

Years in advance cities will apply to host the Super Bowl. They will list all the reasons why they believe they should be chosen as the host city. They are hoping that the selection committee agrees with them and chooses them above all the other cities.

College baseball athletes who want to play baseball in the major leagues devote much of their time honing their skills and hoping that some major league team will draft them. Then when they are chosen and placed in one of the minor leagues they continue to hone their skills hoping to impress the major league team that drafted them to call them up to the big team. This laboring in the minor leagues to could take anywhere from one to six years on average. They put in all this time and energy so that they can be chosen.

We have the mid-term election being held tomorrow. The candidates running for office have be running around their home states trying to convince the majority of the people to choose them. They are willing to spend tons of money, expend a lot of energy and go without proper sleep and good nutritional food just to get chosen.

Psalm 132:13 (NLT) — 13 For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem; he has desired it for his home.

There was nothing special about Jerusalem. The city did nothing to be chosen as the Lord’s home. No money was spent, no slick brochures touting services were printed up, no delegation was sent to brag up the city. What made Jerusalem special was that the Lord chose it; that’s it.

How much money did you or I spend to impress Jesus to choose us? What did we put on our resumes to get His attention? How much time and energy did we spend honing our holiness skills hoping to be noticed? What was so special about us that got Jesus’ attention so that he would choose to make us His dwelling place? (John 14:23)

We were spiritually dead in our disobedience and sins. We refused to obey God. We just followed the passionate desires of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger not his favor. (Ephesians 2:1-3) Our righteousness was as a filthy rag in God’s eyes.(Isaiah 64:6) We all were just doing our own thing going our own way. (Isaiah 53:6) The only thing that makes us special is that in spite of all our shortcomings our Lord loves us, imagine that, so He chose us.

Share this with another believer and make their day:) Believe it and make your own day:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Before I read the blog this morning I wrote a birthday card to our Grandson Peter John. He is turning 16 in a few days. I shared with him that not only do Grandpa and I love him but that He is loved by God and was chosen before the beginning of time to be God’s workmanship. How blessed we are to have a God whose love we can’t even fathom in our human state. Thanks Pastor Dan for sharing these truths with us.