You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you - John 15
Divine Note #23 - You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you - John 15
16You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as [a]presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you. John 15:16 The Amplified Bible
I’ve learned to wait on the Lord when I write Divine Notes because I have to be sure of His message. It no longer surprises me (well maybe just a little) that His messages are resonated by several people by the time I sit down to write them. This week the message is loud and very clear to my heart -- we must be bear fruit and not just any kind of fruit.
God wants you to make an impact in this hurting world. He urges you to get off your church pew or out of your personal world and share the gifts He has given you.
My plan was to write a note that would encourage you if you are facing a health crisis, if you are having issues in your marriage or with your children, if you are dealing with an addiction, job loss, financial woes, etc. I could go on and on, but I think you know where I’m going with this. Deal with it and move past it because other people have it worse than you and they need you! I’m giving you advice that I have to follow myself because today I feel like throwing myself a personal pity party. I talked to a person who is very dear to me who reminded me that I needed to tell it to God. I have and I will do more talking,
God does not want us to feel hopeless or discouraged but the bottom line is that we are living in a stressful world and we must be prepared to deal with trouble and move past it if we are going to fulfill the purpose God intended for us. Understand that you are a daughter of the Most High God, He loves you and He approves of you. Whatever issues you have, He doesn’t condemn you. He extends grace and simply asks that you go to Him and talk about it, so He can help you deal with your problems.
Pastor Paul’s sermon about how we must partner with God because the harvest of souls is ripe was right on target. We cannot sit by and let others do the work. More of you must step out and use your gifts to help others, so that they will see your Light and want it too!
In reading my past notes, I keep writing about this topic because God is working in a big way to get His children to wake up and smell the coffee. Perhaps you need practical advice to help you get moving. The biggest complaint most of us have when it comes to helping others is that we don’t have enough time.
Joyce Meyer’s practical advice is to write down everything that you do and ask yourself why? Why are you spending time on a committee or in a group when you could be impacting someone’s life in a direct way? Quit saying yes to things that don’t make an eternal difference. Quit being too busy! You know what those things are.
I also like the way Joyce says to become a bottom-line person when it comes to the way you spend your time. If you have a desire that God has placed in your heart, you need to quit being too busy!
It might help us if we decide to make Jesus Christ our boss. Will he keep you on the payroll at the end of the pay period or will He suggest that you get a different job? Do you think He will give you a paycheck for work well done or not? When you put things in a practical perspective, you will get energized to do something about sharing God with others?
You may fall into the category of person who isn’t really busy but you are not sure what you should be doing. The first thing I suggest is that you pray and ask God for guidance. The topic of a future note will be about developing intimacy with God so there’s not doubt in your heart about what He’s calling you to do,
As I shared with our Celebration leadership team, we can encourage you to get outside of your comfort zone and do things for Christ, but you must first develop that relationship with Him. If you aren’t spending quality time listening to Him, praying and studying the Book of Life, all of this stuff I’m talking about will not make sense to you.
My prayer for you is that you develop a close relationship with our great God, so that He can comfort you, laugh with you, hang with you in the lonely times or just be at your side throughout your life.
I thank you for this message because ultimately you care enough about us to ask us to take the next step in serving others. Thank you for helping us move past ourselves and I appreciate that you are kind about it. I ask that you touch each person who reads this message with your loving and healing touch. You are so powerful yet so loving. I can’t imagine my life before I felt your presence. Thank you for wiping my tears and helping me move past myself so I can be powerful in your name. Love you Lord!
Why don’t we all take a small step to serve others this week? Do a little something and write me an e-mail about what you did to show God’s love to someone who really needed it. If you are already serving, think about what else you can do that gets you out of your comfort zone. Give someone a big God hug this week!