Handpicked

Handpicked

I Peter 2:9 (AMP) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

As a kid, I was not very athletic. I wanted to climb the rope in gym class but between gravity and my rear end never was able to ring the bell. The monkey bars became a formidable foe if only I could make it across one time without falling into the sandy pit below. I never placed in a race. In fact, finishing was difficult. I tripped over hurdles. In gymnastics, I fell off the beam, over the horse, and forget the uneven bars. I was able to master a back walkover which I commended myself greatly but that was the limit. I tried softball but was only an average hitter and my one time pitching got nailed right in the head. At sports, I was a failure. I was a cheerleader in junior high school. Picked only because the teams all were terrible so no one wanted to cheer for them. Thankfully their losing streak lasted two years so that I could stay on the team! I had a lot of rejection during that time. I felt like a failure. But in retrospect, God did not create me to be stellar at sports or an all-star in the arena. But…

For all those who didn’t get picked for a team – You are CHOSEN! God handpicked you for something. The trouble is that too many times our purpose is left undiscovered trying to be like everyone else. Comparison is not only the thief of joy but the robber of identity. Rather than allowing God to mold and shape us into who He created and called us to be, it is human nature to long to be someone else. If short in stature, we seek to be taller. If brunette, we want to be blond or vice versa. Curly hair people long for straight locks. The grass is greener on the other side. There is always a higher rung on the corporate ladder. Money is never enough. There is no satisfaction without God. Jesus is the source of soul satisfaction. Yet, it is easy to get caught up in one another’s gifts, talents and more. The enemy wants you to desire another person’s destiny to forfeit your own. If men and women of God found their true identity in Jesus Christ, the Kingdom would flourish. Revival would become a wild fire of souls surrendered the greatness within. People would flock to church because normal would not be appealing anymore.

John 15:16 (AMP) You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.

There are some things you should know about yourself. You are chosen. Before time began, the Lord chose you on purpose. (See Psalm 139) There is nothing about your creation or composition lost to purpose. Jesus chose you. He chose to die for you. He chose to fill you with His Spirit. He appointed you to be you. He placed and purposely planted you in this life in your current position. You have great potential but it is unrealized outside of knowing Christ fully. You must decide that you are chosen. What if you are chosen but just not waiting on the right fence? I hated being picked last. I was chosen last because I did not have the skillset for sports. There are many other things I am good at but it has taken a lifetime of rejection and finally acceptance to figure it out. Once I entered the right gate, I found my place and purpose. It is in His Pasture that I am realizing my destiny. “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep [the protector and provider]. The doorkeeper opens [the gate] for this man, and the sheep hear his voice and pay attention to it. And [knowing that they listen] he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out [to pasture]. When he has brought all his own sheep outside, he walks on ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice and recognize his call.” (John 10:2-4)

I John 3:1 (AMP) See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

When a person is married into the royal family in England, they must undergo training to become a suitable royal. There are definite do’s and don’ts to assume the identity of the crown. Well, you are a Child of God. Live like it. You are a royal. You are now in a dignified position as a fully adopted child of the Living God. You have a place in the Kingdom that only you can fill. Say it, “I am a Child of God.” As such, there are things that are acceptable in your life and lesser things that you cannot be bothered with. You must use the Word of God and enlist the Spirit of God to change your view of your identity from nobody to somebody in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:9 (AMP) …For He delivered us and saved us and called us with a holy calling [a calling that leads to a consecrated life—a life set apart—a life of purpose], not because of our works [or because of any personal merit—we could do nothing to earn this], but because of His own purpose and grace [His amazing, undeserved favor] which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago]…

You were created to be consecrated. Set apart with a life purpose far beyond your natural design. There is a spiritual purpose hidden within you that faith realizes and hope presses out. You cannot be who you were created and called to be outside of Christ. However, in this life, there are many distractions. The enemy has deployed an attack against your destiny that disintegrates your self-worth by telling you that you’re worthless. Your life meaningless. You are not good enough. You are a failure. You will never amount to more than anything. To be thankful and stay put. I have good news for you today! God created you on purpose, for a purpose, with a purpose. The enemy is a liar. Jesus established our worth when He deemed us worth dying for. You cannot earn it yet His Grace is all sufficient for you to achieve every single purpose God created for you because in your weakness there is power when surrendered to the Lord. Stop letting the enemy define your worth. Work to remove all the stinking thinking and fill your heart and mind with God’s Word. Set yourself apart from the lesser things in life to make room for the greater that is in you. Sin has no place in those saved by God so get rid of it. Stir up the Gift of His Spirit and fan it to a fiery flame bent on bringing the Light of His Love to the darkest recesses of your heart and mind. Your soul will prosper and so will you by deciding to live a consecrated (on purpose) life.

Ephesians 1:13-14 (AMP) In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.

Finally, you are God’s Own Possession. He calls us His Treasure. (Deuteronomy 7:6) We live in the Palm of His Mighty Hand. (Isaiah 49:16) He knows the number of hairs on our head. (Matthew 10:30) He captures our tears keeping track of every sorrow. (Psalm 56:8) I could go on and on about the careful attentiveness of God’s Love for us. Nothing can separate us from His Love. (Romans 8:37-39) If we could just fully assume our true identity through Christ, it would change our failures into success. The trouble is that too often God is sought after for what we want rather than surrendering to His Plan and Purpose for our life. As if somehow in our weakness and complete imperfection, we know what’s best. Rather than taking all the pieces of our broken heart and messed up life hoisting it to the Lord and saying, “You can have it all! I trust You, Lord!” This is the moment everything changes for you – the moment that you enter into the chosen, royal, consecrated and cherished life that you were called and created for!

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (AMP) For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

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