The Next Chapter – Chosen and Appointed
John 15:16 (NIV)
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
The word “chapter” is defined as a main division of a book or a period of time or an episode in a person’s life.
The word “chosen” is defined as having been selected as the best or most appropriate.
The word “appointed” is defined as decided on beforehand.
God decided beforehand that you were the best to do what He called you to do.
God knows where you are. He knows all about you. He also knows what chapter you are on. He knows if you are ready to go to the next chapter of your life. Is He trying to get you to turn the page?
Distractions in life can cause all of us to remain on the same page for years without realizing that we have been reading the same words over and over. Then when we realize it the first thing that comes to mind is “I can’t” or “I’m too old“ or “I do not have enough money”. I can keep going with the excuses but I’m pretty sure you understand what I am trying to say. But what does God have to say?
Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
In a previous article I wrote about our comfort zones. Without realizing it, being comfortable in our environment can keep us from going to the next chapter.
Fear of the unknown is one of the biggest deterrents to moving to the next chapter. The one thing you must realize is that you have been chosen and appointed by God. Deterrent is defined as a thing that discourages or is intended to discourage someone from doing something. Don’t let fear keep you from turning the page.
John 15:16 (MSG)
You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.
There will always be challenges to deal with but know God has chosen you and appointed you to spread the Gospel, share His love and to be that example of a well-read book with many chapters to go. He has given you gifts that are unique. Don’t try to become like someone else. Take what He has given to you and use it.