Chosen


John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Being of the world is so easy to do. Everyone loves you! You are a voice for the oppressed! You are a hero of the people! There are plenty of people who share the same views as yourself so you must be right! You speak your mind on social media sites and get dozens if not hundreds of likes! When you are of the world, life is good right? 
I too used to be of the world. I lived for the day. I lived for the unholy trinity of me, myself and I. When Facebook came around I was like “Great! Finally a place where I can post my opinion and have it mean something!” Eventually it became a place where I could boast and brag about things that really didn’t matter. But to me, at that point in time….oh yeah, they mattered. Fast forward a couple years later and something drastic took place. I chose to stop living for the world and I choose to live for Christ. Little did I know back then that He had already chosen me.
We are all chosen. It’s just a matter of whether or not we want to accept it. Living of and for the world is easy. There are no expectations. But, living for Christ…that is a challenge. The expectations are high and no matter how hard you try, the bar just seems to be set higher and higher and higher. It’s all a part of Christ plan. He knows what we can achieve and how much we can take so he is always challenging us to do better, like any good parent would do. We do this because we know the reward will be the greatest reward ever. We will get the reward of eternity with Christ. Those who choose to live for the world, they already have their reward, the cheers, approval and admiration of their worldly peers. Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. Those who live for the world, that is their form of prayer. Praising one another for speaking their minds. Placing a man or woman on a pedestal as a hero to be worshipped and admired. Putting themselves before Christ and others. So yes, they have received their reward. 
Now, I can say that I’ve been on both sides and I like where I’m at. It’s never easy. It’s always a challenge but one that I am up for. Sure I would like the respect and admiration of family and friends but only if it is coming from a place of Christ. Only if I have been Christ like or shown Christ to others. That is what we are called to do brothers and sisters. To speak the truth, the truth of Jesus Christ. For those of you who are doing so already I say to you, keep sharing his love. For those of you who are living for the world but deep inside yourself you know that there is something better, you are right and, you know what that something or rather, who that someone is…Jesus Christ. He is waiting for you with open arms. Turn your back on him no longer and go on in for His loving embrace and accept the fact that you too have been chosen. Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

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