Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 25, 2015

“My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles 29:1-19.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+29&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old; and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem.  And his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.  2 He did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.

3 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.  4 He brought in the priests and the Levites and gathered them into the square on the east.

5 Then he said to them, “Listen to me, O Levites. Consecrate yourselves now, and consecrate the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and carry the uncleanness out from the holy place.  6 For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the Lord our God, and have forsaken Him and turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the Lord, and have turned their backs.  7 They have also shut the doors of the porch and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel.  8 Therefore the wrath of the Lord was against Judah and Jerusalem, and He has made them an object of terror, of horror, and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes. 9 For behold, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.  10 Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His burning anger may turn away from us.  11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense.”  2 Chronicles 29:1-10.

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Being chosen is not only the basis for salvation;  being chosen is the basis for service to the LORD.

When we pound the table on the importance of “Unconditional Election” in “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, we are not only pounding the table to declare why we are saved, we are pounding the table to declare why we serve the LORD.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”  1 Peter 2:9.

Jesus chose his twelve disciples.  “And He *went up on the mountain and *summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him.”  Mark 3:13.

Even Jesus Himself was chosen by God.  “Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One;  listen to Him!”  Luke 9:35.

Jesus chose those whom He said:  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” as in “I do not speak of all of you.  I know the ones I have chosen;  but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’  From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He.  Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me;  and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”  John 13:18-20.

“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he (Paul) is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;”  Acts 9:15.

“Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the Lord your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the Lord; and every dispute and every assault shall be settled by them.”  Deuteronomy 21:5.

“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you (Solomon) to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act.”  1 Chronicles 28:10.

“Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them.”  Psalm 106:23.

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”  John 15:16.


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