God chose you.
“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love”
Out of the 100 billion galaxies in our observable universe, 300 billion stars, a septillion planets, and thousands and thousands of years of billions of billions of people, God chose you to die for; chose you to be the hope for all of humanity.
A lot of people say Christianity isn’t about “you.” And it’s true; it really is about God. But, it’s about a God who gave everything for you.
People are legitimately trying to make a good point by playing down our importance in God’s work here, but it falls short of the truth; you are God’s plan to change the world.
Humility is not debasing our worth, it’s about recognizing the fullness of our worth in Christ.
When God’s master plan started to unfold, when His son came down, died, and the angels all gasped at the plot twist, then sighed in relief to see Him get back up in the third round, God had in mind exactly who He wanted to spread this life changing, life bringing, life blood for the rest of the world; you.
When Jesus went up, God chose you to be Christ’s coheir (Romans 8:17), to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) and the authority to do everything He did (Matthew 10:8).
What am I getting at? He literally put you “in charge” of the earth (Mark 13:34), as it was designed to be since the beginning (Genesis 1:26); it is Christ in you, hope of glory.
“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
We can’t sit back and let predestination run its course, or allow death and poverty and sickness and all enterprises of the enemy which Jesus came to abolish, attributing these horrible things to the will of God that is actually just the manifestation of the fear and laziness of man, how could we do that? We can’t keep blaming God for all the problems in the world, He left it to us. The “sovereignty” of God has misused, misperceived, and diminished by the idea that God causes things against His will in order to achieve… His will; it is a clear paradox.
What we have been calling the “sovereignty” of God has been misused, misperceived, and diminished by the idea that God causes things against His will in order to achieve… His will; it is a clear paradox.
When you approach a problem that’s too big for your faith to handle, pointing a finger at God and saying it’s His job to “do what He wants” is pure laziness, wickedness, and pride.
The bible says time and time again that we are the “fullness” of God: the word pléróma means the fill, fullness; full complement; patch, supplement, fullness, filling, fulfillment, completion; we are still here in order to bring God’s will on earth (Matthew 6:10), or else we’d just up and die the second we were saved. But no, God has a plan, a will (2 Peter 3:9), and he chose us to carry it out.
We are the fullness of God;
“For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,” (speaking of Jesus)
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,” (speaking of Jesus)
As Jesus has taken His seat on the right hand of the Father, we’ve taken His role as Children of God, destined to save the world with the fullness of God to reconcile the earth to their Father just as Jesus has done (Ephesians 1:10, Luke 9:54-56, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21);
“until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,”
“and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
“which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (of Christ’s body, the church)
“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
“For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.” (Without measure; see also Ecclesiastes 3:11, and Romans 15:13)
There’s no backup plan; God’s sovereign will chose you as His jar of clay to convey the gospel of His son Jesus Christ. We can’t shirk the responsibility onto some divine mystic theology of “it’s all up to God”; God gave you authority, which means something is up to you, and until you do something, nothing will happen, and the world will burn. I’m incredibly serious about this.
This is the story of the man who sat on his house in a flood and waited for “God to deliver him.” If you’ve heard the story, God sent a car, a boat, and a helicopter, but the man refused. This is us; if we are looking at the world wondering why sick are dying, it’s because we have not prayed for them, if we are wondering why revival is not striking, it is because we have not been fully committed to him (2 Chronicles 16:9), if we are wondering why children are dying of poverty, it is because we have not sold all our belongings and given them their food. We are the stewards, God gave the world us, so we need to stop acting like victims and start acting like victors.
We can’t afford to be slaves anymore, we can’t afford to keep our heads low, without bearing fruit or asking for anything—we have to be Sons, it’s our privilege that He chose us to change the world. You cannot throw that away for false humility and laziness. We’re His son, and if you see yourself as less than He sees you, you’re in a mindset of sin.
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
And again, God connects Sonship and authority in Matthew;
“Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?”
This is our purpose; to be with God. To be with God so much, and so deeply, that the whole world gets turned upside down.
We have the honor of being chosen by God; we can’t waste that blessing.
He chose you to heal the sick, to cast out demons, to set the captives free.
Don’t attribute the sick, oppressed, or enslaved to God; you’re the remedy.
We can stop holding back the floodgates, stop stealing lives from God, and let Him work through us. Next time you see someone in the hospital die, a business go bankrupt, or a celebrity overdose on heroin, don’t blame it on the “God who didn’t do anything.”
He did do something; He made you.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Your actions have the potential to change the world.
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
You bear the antidote.
What are you going to do about it?