10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. — Ephesians 2:10 NLT
When we think about God’s choices and blessings from a human viewpoint, they make little or no sense to us. Why would God call this person or that person to do a particular job? Why would He call them and not me? If we look deeper, those that God calls are given greater responsibilites and asked to do things that most of us would never agree to do. Look at the prophet Isaiah. God told Isaiah to walk around Israel for three years naked and barefoot preaching and prophesying. (Isaiah 20) That’s not exactly what I had in mind when I accepted Jesus as my Savior and it is not something I would want to do. With great blessings, there is usually great sacrifice. Mary was chosen to be the Mother of the Messiah. The angel told her she was highly favored and blessed and she certainly was. But with that blessing came much suffering and pain of heart for Mary. She watched as her own family and their own people rejected Jesus on a daily basis, She watched as He suffered great pain from a crown of thrones that mocked Him. She watched as He suffered even greater pain on the cross and as His side was pierced and His life flowed out of Him. I would not want to watch a child of mine go through that. God prepares each of us for the work He knows that we will do. We should be grateful He has chosen us for whatever task He has prepared for us to do and do it to the best of our ablilty. Don’t miss out on the blessings because we feel the work is small and insignificant. Nothing God asks us to do is insignificant.
10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” — Zechariah 4:10 NLT