God’s Chosen Ones (3)

“You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you…” (Isaiah 41:9 AMP, emphasis added)

Every one who is born again has been specially chosen of God. “You are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9 CEV). God delights in us and has given us His Spirit to dwell in us. He has done all this for a purpose. His purpose has translated to our mission.

The Five-fold Mission of God’s Chosen

See my servant, whom I uphold; my Chosen One in whom I delight. I have put my Spirit upon him; he will reveal justice to the nations of the world. He will be gentle—he will not shout nor quarrel in the streets. He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the dimly burning flame. He will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair. He will see full justice given to all who have been wronged. He won’t be satisfied until truth and righteousness prevail throughout the earth, nor until even distant lands beyond the seas have put their trust in him…“I the Lord have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them. You shall also be a light to guide the nations unto me. You will open the eyes of the blind and release those who sit in prison darkness and despair. (Isaiah 42:1-7 TLB)

God’s mission for His chosen ones as depicted in the verses above are as follows:

  1. Encouraging the fainthearted in the Lord.
  2. Giving justice to those wronged.
  3. Ensuring truth and righteousness prevails throughout the earth.
  4. Demonstrating God’s righteousness.
  5. Being a light to the nations.

There are those who are weak in the Lord. They have light but their flames are dimly burning. They are as bruised reeds. God has called us to encourage them and fill them with fresh hope. We are to be gentle with such people and bring them to a point where their hearts are fixed, trusting in the Lord. “[My Chosen Ones] will be gentle—[they] will not not break the bruised reed, [they] will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair.” (Isaiah 42:2-3 TLB).

Secondly, we have a mission to give justice to those who are being wronged; those being wronged by the devil and evil men. God never made men to be oppressed, paralyzed, afflicted with disease and infirmity, or tied down with poverty. He’s called us to give justice to the wronged. “You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them.” (Psalm 82:2-4 MSG).

Thirdly, He has called His chosen ones to ensure that truth and righteousness prevails throughout the earth. What truth is to prevail? God’s Word. Jesus said that the Word of God is TRUTH (i.e. reality). “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17 KJV). How does righteousness prevail? It prevails when the Gospel of Jesus Christ prevails. God’s righteousness is revealed in the Gospel. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith…” (Romans 1:16-17 KJV)To fulfil this aspect of our mission, we ought to channel our spiritual, mental, intellectual, physical, material, financial and social resources in publishing, spreading, and promoting the Gospel all over the world. This is our divine responsibility.

Fourthly, He has called us to demonstrate His righteousness. He says, “I the Lord have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.” (Isaiah 42:6 TLB)Righteousness is God’s nature in His chosen ones. It is the ability to do right and fulfil God’s will on the earth. This nature is at work in us. Therefore, we walk in righteousness, carry out works of righteousness and manifest God’s goodness to the world.

Finally, He has called us to be a light to the nations. “You shall also be a light to guide the nations unto me.” (Isaiah 42:6 TLB)We are an exceptional breed. We are uniquely different. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14).  What does it mean to be the light and a city on a hill? It means we are supposed to lead. We are supposed to show the way, because light gives direction. We have been chosen to turn things around. We must do the things that improve the world of our time.


Profiting From God’s Word

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them…” (Hebrews 4:2)

God sends us His Word so that we may profit from it.

However, the Word of God does not prove to be beneficial or profitable to some people.

How can we determine that the Word of God has profited the one who has heard it?

Indications That You Have Profited By Hearing The Word

a. It is useful to you: you are able to put it to use in one or more areas of your life.
b. It is beneficial to you: it produces a good or advantageous effect in your life that is soon visible to everybody.
“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1Timothy 4:15)
c. It gives you an advantage: it places you in a more superior or favourable position in life relative to those who have neither heard nor applied the principles of the Word.
d. It makes you a better person than you were before you heard the Word.
e. It makes you prevail: you are made stronger and endowed with greater influence and power to deal with the circumstances of life.
f. It improves your life.
g. It makes you more courageous and daring.

Becoming a Hearer Who Benefits from God’s Word

“Practice these things. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress” (1Timothy 4:15 GW)

We must determine in our hearts to be hearers who profit from the Word of God. The primary key to benefitting from God’s Word is ‘mixing God’s Word with faith.’ When the Word is mixed with faith in you, a conviction is developed in your heart. You begin to have firmly held beliefs that are in line with what God’s Word says. You cannot be swayed to believe anything contrary to what the Word says. This ‘mixing’ process involves two things;

1. Allowing the Word of God to persuade you.

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us…” (1John 4:16)

“And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:21)

“…they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief [unpersuadeableness]” (Hebrews 4:6)

Even though some people get to know the Word they do not believe it. Some people are simply not persuaded by God’s Word. Abraham developed his persuasion over a period of time until he was fully persuaded. However, the children of Israel could not enter the promised land because of ‘unpersuadeableness.’ Work on your persuasion in God’s Word. Keep bombarding your mind with God’s Word until you become fully persuaded. Let your mindset be programmed by God’s Word.

“Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Romans 14:5)

2. Backing your hearing with corresponding action.

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25)

“…Give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1Timothy 4:15)

This is the key to making you faith work. Aligning your actions with the Word of God. This is what makes your faith alive and effective. When you back you hearing with corresponding action, your circumstances begin to change; because you have given yourself wholly to living out the Word. When your actions correspond to the declarations of the Word, your progress begins to spread abroad; you begin to shine! The benefit of God’s Word in your life is now externally visible!!