By Tia McCollors
“You didn’t choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give to you.” – John 15:16
Jury duty is a civic duty that most of us wish we didn’t have to serve. Inevitably we’ll be summoned, and at one point some may be chosen. Work, family, and social obligations top our priority lists, so being chosen to serve may seem like an inconvenience. God also calls us to serve Him in ways and at a time when it may seem inconvenient.
To choose means to “select from a number of possibilities,” or to “pick by preference.” It should be an honorable feeling to know that you’ve been preferred by God. Of everyone in the world He could have called to perform a task, He chose YOU! The Bible is full of women who chose to serve by sacrificing their own conveniences. Mary was chosen to conceive the son of God, Esther to save the Jewish people, and Rahab to conceal the spies. Mary’s sacrifice produced the Son of God (Matthew 1), Esther sacrifice saved the Jewish people (Esther1), and Rahab, who concealed the spies sent out by Joshua, was part of the lineage of Jesus (Joshua 2).
Women in every line of work, with different marital statuses, and in different seasons of live have been chosen by God. Sacrificing is part of our DNA.
Practical Application: It’s not like the awkward moment on the elementary playground when you wonder if you’ll ever be chosen for the best kickball team. God always wants you, and He chose you for a specific reason. He’s confident in your ability and determination, so believe in yourself. God certainly does.
Prayer: Lord, when you call me, my answer will be, “Yes.” When you need me, my answer will be, “Yes.” Your will and plan for my life is better than I can ever imagine. No matter the costs, I will go where You lead me. You didn’t have to choose me, but You did. For that, I’m grateful.
Tia McCollors is a wife and mother who loves to encourage women to wear their faith like a designer label. Information about her inspirational novels and devotions can be found at www.tiamccollors.com.