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Chosen

“Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created…”

Recently I had coffee with a dear friend of mine and as we sat there catching up she told me she had worn a bracelet in honor of our meeting… There engraved so beautifully was a word that I have battled with for a lifetime to believe is true. A word that had become the title of a series that I was writing and had become in so many ways a therapy session with Jesus. The word crafted on that rustic metal bracelet was “Chosen”. And as she reached to take it off her wrist to gift it to me, she looked into my eyes and prayed a prayer of identity and promise that I can still feel today when I close my eyes…

Why do we feel so torn about being chosen? And what are we even chosen to do? Are we truly woven in a womb of wonder, already known by a God who knows us more intimately than we even know ourselves? Jeremiah the Prophet heard the Lord say… “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations… “Jeremiah 1:5 (NRSV) Somewhere in the timeline He sees that the world is in need of me. He looks at today and knows that there is a purpose for my breath, and in my uniqueness He sees that the generation would not be the same without my gifts, talents, personality, and anointing. He also sees that my flaws and weaknesses are also some of the greatest stories of His mighty hand and evidence of His ever-present help…

And as I dug deeper into the Word of God I also see that we are not just purposed for today, but for all eternity… We are created for today and for a thousand years from now… I can’t help but get emotional when I read Revelation 19. This chapter is filled with a picture of the multitudes in Heaven rejoicing and angels preparing the wedding supper of the Lamb. Sitting at the banquet table, surrounded by all those chosen to worship God, all of us together… Oh what conversations we’ll have!

With Christmas all around us, I think of Christ, chosen to be the one who would be the salvation for all mankind. The Emmanuel, born of a virgin named Mary, who she herself was chosen to bear our Redeemer. The star in the sky was chosen to guide the way for the wise men that were chosen to worship the Promised One. The angels chose those shepherds in the fields to proclaim that the long awaited one had arrived… So many choices, God’s perfect choices!

And we are part of that choice, God’s perfect plan… One of my favorite verses is a declaration found in the book of Esther, as an uncle calls forth purpose and destiny into his niece, Esther… And now I pray these words over you as well chosen one… “Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created…”

~ Ian Rodriquez