Main Entry: 1 cho.sen
Pronunciation: \ ‘chō-zen \
Definition: elected, carefully selected, selected or marked for favor or special privilege
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be the king.” (1 Samuel 16:1)
Being chosen is the state of being one that has been elected and carefully selected, or marked for favor, or special privilege. King David’s life is a beautiful picture of being chosen because he lived as if he was chosen by God before his election was official. God was working in David’s life and the life of those around him to affirm that he was the king.
In 1 Samuel 16, we see characteristics of someone that is being chosen.
GOD CHOOSES PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSECRATED
God told the prophet Samuel to have David’s family consecrate themselves to prepare a sacrifice to the Lord. Consecration is the process of being set apart for something special. David’s family was being consecrated while he was away taking care of the sheep. God wanted the family consecrated before the new king was revealed to them. The family needed to consecrated, but only David was already consecrated. He had already been set aside by God to be the king of Israel. In order to be a person that is chosen by God, you have to be willing to be consecrated and set aside for His use. God wants to use every gift and ability that He has given you for His glory, but He cannot do that without a consecrated person. Being chosen involves you choosing to consecrate yourself before the Lord.
GOD CHOOSES PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHARACTER
David was the youngest of eight brothers. In his time, being the youngest sibling disqualified you for expected leadership. When Samuel came to Jesse’s house, he assumed that the king must be one of the older brothers who looked, walk, spoke and even smelled like a king. But God shared a distinguishing characteristic with Samuel that allowed him to see David as the king that God had chosen him to be. God told Samuel that He does not look at the outward appearance, but He looks at the heart. God looks at the motives and intentions of our heart. David was chosen because he had the character to be a king. God focused on his heart instead of his height or handsomeness. David’s character allowed him to watch the sheep when no one was watching him. Who are you when no one is looking? Are
you a person of your word? When you think about your desire to reach goals in life, are you more focused on developing your heart or your outward appearance? Do you spend more time getting ready for work or for a date than you do connecting with God on a daily basis? God chooses people of character, knowing that your gifts may elevate you to a position of honor, or respect, but your character will keep you there.
GOD CHOOSES PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSISTENT
David was chosen by God because he was consistent. Day in and day out, he consistently cared for the sheep. When Samuel asked Jesse if he had any other sons, Jesse was able to answer with confidence that David, his youngest son, was watching the sheep. He knew where to find David because David consistently did what he was supposed to do. David consistently cared for the sheep even when they were threatened by lions and bears. His consistency in caring for the sheep prepared him to care for God’s people as the King of Israel. Being chosen involves being consistent.
All of us are chosen to be something. Maybe you have been chosen to be a parent because God trusts you with a child. Maybe you have been chosen to be a leader because God wants to use your gifts to influence others. Maybe you have been chosen to be a friend to a person in a time of need because God knows that you can comfort and encourage them best in this season of life. Whatever God has chosen you to be, I challenge you to be confident in being His choice. God does not make mistakes. If He chose you, He will prepare you to fulfill the purpose for which He chose you.
Personal Reflection Questions:
1. Write down at least one area of your personal life that needs to be consecrated and set apart for God.
1. Our culture focuses so much on the outward appearance that often we, like Samuel, confuse attractiveness with trustworthiness. Reflect on a time when you have been more focused on the outward appearance, instead of the heart. What is one area of your character in which you would like to experience growth during this season of your life?
1. All of us are consistent at something. Name one area where you are naturally consistent. In what area of your life would you like to be more consistent?
Today’s Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you have chosen me to something unique in this world. You have a purpose for my life that is only for me. Help me to live today as if I am chosen, because I am. I want to be consecrated for your purposes. I want to be a person of character with a heart that is pure before you. I want to be consistent in my daily choices so when you look for me, you will know where to find me. Like David, I will be will be doing what my Father has asked. Help me to live a chosen life today.
Statement of being: Today, I will choose to be chosen because God has chosen me for such a time as this!