It’s Friday, October 7th, and that means that hubby and I are having a date night tonight! The seminary he attends has a concert, opera, and drama series throughout the school year. Tonight’s concert of choice will be concert pianist Joyce Yang, and as a fellow pianist, I can’t wait! [Note: they will be broadcasting the concert live via their website for those who are interested.]
As always, Friday also means that it’s time for five minutes of pure, unedited writing straight from the heart. And the topic for today’s Five Minute Friday is…
My story is no ordinary story. Neither is yours, really. We tend to think that all our stories are rather alike, that there’s nothing new or individualistic about them. But every one of us has an extraordinary story.
Because, you see, when God was creating His plan for the world throughout all time, He stopped and looked at who you were to be, and chose you to be His very own. He chose YOU! He picked you out from millions and billions of people, before you even existed! He wanted you for Himself, wanted your attention and your love for His own. He jealously desired it, because He was the one who created the idea of you and brought you into existence. It was His right, because He made you out of nothing and knew you before your existence was even imagined by earthly men and women.
It’s nothing ordinary at all. He called you to be His own. He chose you to be holy like Himself, to be not only created in His image but living after His own example. He picked you as His beloved child, whom He would live and die for. He chose you to someday spend the whole of eternity with Him, by His side or at His feet. He set you apart for His own purposes, to be a sweet-smelling savor and a thing of beauty in His eyes.
And you whom He picked out on the horizon of time, He called out for Himself. And you whom He called, He justified and freed from all bondage to sin. And you whom He justified, He will also someday glorify, that you might have forever-life with Him.
No, there’s nothing ordinary about our stories at all. Not for those who are called to be saints.
Interested in the passages I referred to? Check them out:
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God … To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints“ (Romans 1:1,7).
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified“ (Romans 8:29-30).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6).
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).