Sunday, 9 April 2017

#15 by Susan L.

  "I am appointed by God" John 15:16
   The closest analogy I can think of is a government appointment. Being made a minister of education or women's rights is a high honour because the leader of the country feels it suits a persons capabilities. Some of these positions are regarded as having higher status and are jealously sought after like being appointed to the senate. Senators can serve until they are seventy-five and are well paid.
  They aren't bound by political party affiliations but can make decisions based on experience and knowledge. There is a freedom to speak up that is lacking in our house of commons where back benchers, elected reps from smaller towns or young politicians, rarely get a chance to have a say.
  I've watched broadcasts of the House of Commons. It is a sad representation of the worst of humanity. The name calling, shouting over each other, making noise so the opponent can't be heard...if my children behaved like that, they'd be encouraged to learn how to listen better and develop some respect.
  Oh...right. This analogy isn't even close to what a God appointment is. The only similarity is being chosen specifically and individually for a higher purpose.
  What would the job description of a Christian look like in a help wanted ad?
  Redemption, Inc. is looking for all men, women and children to be part of our growing team. All permanent, eternal positions have openings. No experience necessary. Changes of heart are provided upon accepting the position. Imperfections are welcome because at Redemption, Inc. we believe in the ability to overcome anything and everything through the grace of Jesus Christ. We believe in facilitating the development of limitless potential given to every individual. Remittance for services are joy, hope and a better life than could possibly be imagined. For more information, contact: God, available 24/7, or your local branch of Redemption, Inc. on a Sunday morning.
  (That was a lot of fun to write!)
  It's backwards, though. Yes, we make the choice to follow but long before we were even born, we were the chosen ones, we were appointed to be reconciled with our heavenly Father. How awesome is that!
  "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you." Jn 15:15-16
  If you don't have a personal relationship with Jesus, I invite you to invite Him into your heart and life. Embracing the appointment that's waiting for you in Redemption, Inc. comes with no regrets.

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