Why Did God Choose Me? by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
John 15:16 (KJV) “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
As far back as I can remember, I was intrigued by the large posters that were hung on the U.S. Post Office walls. You know the ones I’m referring to. They are the large posters presenting a portrait of “Uncle Sam” looking very serious with his arm stretched forward with his index finger pointing directly at whoever would read the poster with these words inscribed in large print – “I Want You!”
The fact is – everyone wants to be wanted! It reminds of the joke I heard while ministering in New Mexico. A bandit in the Old West was wanted “Dead or Alive” in practically every State in the West. One day, while he was robbing a mercantile in a small city in Texas, he spotted a poster with his name that read – “WANTED, Dead or Alive!” He fashioned a broad smile on his face, gave a deep sigh of satisfaction, and said to the storekeeper, “It sure is nice to be wanted!”
Jesus came to this world as the direct expression of the Father’s love. He didn’t come by chance, convenience, or curiosity. He came with a purpose! His purpose was to redeem lost mankind from the clutches of sin and death and to deliver all who would call upon His Name into a right relationship with His Father. He came because of CHOICE! Our Heavenly Father was, and is, saying, “I Want You!”
I like the way The Message states the Scripture stated earlier, “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.”
Does it bother you that God has chosen you? I’ve said many times that I can think of many reasons why God shouldn’t allow me to preach and/or minister in His Name. However, because of the great love with which He has loved me, He still elects to “choose” me and empowers me to be His messenger!
The fact that you and I have a difficulty with feeling worthy to be chosen by God is nothing new. The fact that there are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you and me, isn’t something we share alone either.
Consider the following… (taken from an article by Grantley Morris)
- Moses stuttered.
- David’s armor didn’t fit.
- John Mark was rejected by Paul.
- Timothy had ulcers.
- Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
- Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
- Jacob was a liar.
- David had an affair.
- Solomon was too rich.
- Jesus was too poor.
- Abraham was too old.
- David was too young.
- Peter was afraid of death.
- Lazarus was dead.
- John was self-righteous.
- Naomi was a widow.
- Paul was a murderer.
- Moses was a murderer.
- David was a murderer.
- Jonah ran from God.
- Miriam was a gossip.
- Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
- Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
- Elijah was burned out.
- John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
- Martha was a worry-wart.
- Mary was lazy.
- Samson was a whoremonger.
- Noah got drunk.
- Moses had a short-fuse.
- Peter had a short-fuse.
- Paul had a short-fuse.
My friends, God didn’t choose us because we are perfect. He chose us because He is perfect. He is perfect in His motives and in His Love! As hard as we may try, we cannot earn any of God’s gifts. They are all FREE!
Thinking back to my earlier comments about the “Uncle Sam Poster,” for a lengthy period of time, I actually thought Uncle Sam was talking to me! After I was drafted into the Army in September 1969, I was quickly educated into the fact that Uncle Sam wasn’t really being selective with his “I Want You!” It became very clear that the U.S. Government needed all the able-bodied men it could muster to fill the ranks being vacated and escalated by the Vietnam War. I soon realized I was NOT someone special!
Because of choosing Jesus to be my Savior, and coming to the realization that He has “chosen” me, I am convinced and humbled by the fact that my Heavenly Father considers me to be “special” in His sight! It is comforting knowing that I have the privilege of sharing Him with all my brothers and sisters in the Family of God because I have come to understand that His eyes are always on me and His ears are always open to my cry. He has the same love for ALL His children. It sure is great to be wanted!