“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.” –Isaiah 42: 1-4
We are a chosen people, and the best part about it is that we are chosen by the kindest God we could ever ask for. We don’t just serve God, we get the opportunity to connect to our heavenly Father. We have a Father in heaven that has been given every reason to not choose us but continues to choose us time and time again. The way that God is talking about Jesus in the verses above is the same way God talks about each of us. We are called a royal priesthood. We are called to the standard Jesus has set for us, but there is room for error.
The kindest thing God could do for us is to choose us. You do not get to take away your significance to the kingdom of God, because you never decided it in the first place. When Jesus died and was resurrected, we were given access to everything he has access to. Apart from Jesus, we are nothing, but because of Jesus, we have access to everything. You have an inheritance. You are chosen. You are a new creation. This resurrection means you have a responsibility to the people of God to be everything Jesus died for you to be.
God’s kindness in claiming us gets to take the pressure off us. God does not expect us to have everything right. We are humans, we generally get things wrong. That’s okay. God is not expecting perfection, God simply wants our hearts. God would not be sovereign if one of our mistakes could take away from his kingdom. God is so much bigger than any failure we could ever face or bring upon ourselves. We are not powerful enough to detract from God’s plan.
God’s kindness in claiming us means that we are called to higher standard as Jesus was called. We are not supposed to look as the world looks. I hate to break it to you, but that’s going to be hard sometimes. We should hold God’s opinion above those of the people around us. God will always have our best intentions, even when that involves making the harder decision. Hard does not mean bad. The kindest thing God could tell us is no at times otherwise we would spiral into our mess of our own mistakes.
God’s kindness in claiming us means that we are chosen. No one else’s opinion, label, perception, etc. of us has a hold on us any longer. God has given us a new identity. You do not have to fight to be worthy, you already are. God chose you in your mess, so you do not have to strive. You get to stand in the middle of your mess with a deep understanding that all you have to do is call on your heavenly Father to come to your rescue. God’s chooses you even when you can’t choose yourself.
God’s kindness in claiming us means that we can be messy and still come before the throne of God boldly (Hebrews 4:16). Your authority comes from the cross, not your ability. You have permission to not have it all together, that does not get to take away from your ability to speak life into other places. You have victory in places others are desperate to see victory come. Give yourself the space to be speak into those places. It’s okay to take a breath. All of the authority given to you comes from God. You don’t get to take away that authority, but you can make the decision to not walk in it. That is a disservice to the kingdom, yourself, and others.
Now, you can make the bold declaration that you were made to happen to life. You are not a victim of your circumstance. You are empowered to live above your circumstances. You are not a victim. You have been given every authority that Jesus had, make the choice to walk in it. Give yourself the grace to be imperfect and chase the standard Jesus set for us. God’s kindness needs to prompt a response from us. Freely you have received, freely you shall give (Matthew 10:8).
Author | Cristina Rosiles