The Chosen of God: Devotion for Thursday August 13, 2020



Devotion for Thursday August 13, 2020

Topic: The Chosen of God                              

Text: Isaiah 49:7 – 12                                        

Have you ever asked yourself, why am I a Christian? Is it because I was born into the church? Is it because God chose me to be a Christian? Being a Christian is not because we are good enough to be, but because God chose us out of His love and grace.

Again, have you ever asked why God is so interested in Israel despite their stiff-neck disposition? The reason for the choice of Israel is to become an instrument through which the world will come to know God (Isaiah 49:8, 9). That is also why you are a Christian.

The catechism in Book of Common Prayer 2007:480 has it that “God required the chosen people (Israel) to be faithful, to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” Our text speaks of what Christ will do for us and what we should do in appreciation of God’s faithfulness.

Beloved, God chose you as a Christian for some purposes. He chose you to become salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13), to become light of the world (Matthew 5:14) and to show forth His praise and glory. From the words of Book of Common Prayer, we are expected to “Be faithful, to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” Have you being doing these? How faithful are you?

In John 15:16, Jesus stated why He chose and appointed us as Christians. It is just simple; we “Should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” John 15:16b. How are you doing this? Are you bearing good fruit or bad fruit?

Action: As you go out today, do the work that will bear fruit for God either through preaching, charity or showing mercy on people you meet.

Memory verse: Isaiah 49:7

Prayer: Help me O Lord to live up to the reason for your calling upon my life.

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