12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Jesus would later say to the disciples, “You did not choose me, but I have chosen you.” (John 15:16). This was significant. In those days, if a man wanted to study under a particular teacher, he would choose the one he wanted and go and speak to that teacher. It would be somewhat of an interview and the teacher would discern if they thought that man could learn well or not. Teachers did not want to have students who would not do well because it would hurt their reputation. But Jesus reminds them that He went to them first. He chose them first and not the other way around.
We don’t have to impress God.
He chose disciples that the elite of society had given up on. He chose the ones that the world saw nothing in, but He saw in them something great. If you are a Christian today, you have been chosen. But you have not been chosen because you impressed God. If that were true, there would be pressure to continue to impress and do everything perfectly. This was the issue with the religious people of the day. Their system of following a teacher required them to impress and continue to impress. This created a culture of arrogance where they felt they had to be perfect and made the regular folk feel they had to be perfect as well. But you didn’t choose Christ. He chose you. The pressure is off. You don’t have to be perfect. You will not be cast out should you mess up. There is so much freedom in knowing we don’t have to be perfect before God.
No matter how people make you feel, God is not angry when you don’t measure up!
Without the pressure of being perfect all of the time, we are free to be. We are free to do our best without fear or anxiety that it won’t be good enough. Some of you today feel an enormous amount of anxiety to be perfect. It is not God who has put this pressure on you. Maybe there was such harsh criticism when you weren’t perfect, that it has created in you this fear of not being good enough, not being perfect. This is not from God. He chose you. You did not choose Him.
We live in the deep water of His Amazing Grace!
Yes, God does call us to be holy and perfect as He is (1 Peter 1:16). We strive toward holiness and perfection according to His calling, but we have no fear when we don’t measure up. Our weaknesses and sin have been covered by His blood on the cross. So even when we do mess things up, He simply picks us up, dusts us off, and says, “Ok. No worries. Let’s try again.” This is grace-amazing grace.
He has chosen you!
Next time you are overcome with fear or anxiety about messing things up, not being good enough, just remember that He has chosen you!
And don’t forget…
Live Blessed and Be a Blessing!