Week of November 19 - Day 2

Day 2   Read: Luke 6:13; Acts 13:17; 1 Corinthians 1:27-28; Ephesians 1:4; James 2:5

13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:

17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.

27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 

4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 

5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

Reflect: What is the common thread in each of these verses?

Consider: The disciples’ acquisition of this knowledge from the Father, however, is not based on earning the right to such understanding. Obedience to Jesus by his friends is expected (15:14), but they were not the authors or initiators of this discipleship to Jesus. They did not choose him. He both “chose” and “appointed”/set apart them for a purpose. It is absolutely crucial whenever one discusses the subject of election to realize that election is not about privilege but purpose.[1]

Respond: What is the difference between being chosen by someone else to do something and choosing for yourself to do something? How does that shape your understanding of your relationship with Christ?

 

[1]  Gerald L. Borchert, John 12–21, vol. 25B, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002), 150.