Feb 07, 2021 Pastor Prep Notes

HE IS - I AM : LIVING OUT OF MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST!

He is Holy — I belong exclusively to Him!


But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

Feb 7 He is - I am. Holy Chosen

-set apart for his pleasure and purpose


“I have been chosen by my Father, and now, in Christ, I belong to him, exclusively to him. … I have been set apart for his pleasure and purposes. … His Holy person and presence are part of all I am and do. p. 35 from He Is—I Am ….


Bible Story: Acts 8:26-39 Philip and Ethiopian

Read and Let Holy Spirit talk to you from: Colossians 1:1-23


Reflection:

I love today’s Bible story on so many levels. But the focus for today is that God chooses us. God who is totally other from anything in the created universe, is Holy. As 1Peter2:9 reminds us, He choses people to connect with Him and represent him on the earth. It’s His choice that makes us Holy, totally and completely His. In Acts 8 God chose the Ethiopian. Cool thing is he used Philip to make his choice known! In both cases God’s choice reveals how God can choose people to “show others the goodness of God”. (see above scripture.)


“Thank You, for choosing me.” That was often the first things out of the Triad gang members mouths when they said yes to the Lordship of Jesus, welcoming Him into their hearts.


I love Laurie’s connection between Holiness and the truth that “i belong exclusively to Him”. Holiness is not something I do. It’s something God does for me. When the bible says, “be Holy as I am Holy” (1Peter 1:16) we often turn this into a task we must accomplish. Instead we need to see it as in invitation be be who He created us to be…. separated from worldly influences and identified with God. ”But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy” 1peter1;15


Again 1Peter2:9 it says, we are “a chosen people”. Our yes to Jesus is in response the truth that “he first loved us” 1jn14:19. He chose us. He took us out of the kingdom of darkness (Col 1:13) and “brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son”. He is Holy and “i belong exclusively to Him”! The trade has been made. I Am His … by His choice. It is my yes to His choice that makes me Holy!


As a kid there were those moments picking teams when the two Stars on the block got to take turns picking who would be on their team. You wanted to be picked first, just as much as you wanted to be picked. O the thrill to be chosen. You become one of so and so’s players, on “his” team, wow! Today let’s celebrate the fact that it is God’s choice that makes us Holy…through a choice of God’s we belong exclusively to Him… I am become His possession and in becoming such, I am His and so I am Holy!


Do life as God’s chosen one’s and I’m sure he’ll show us, like he showed Philip, who is next to be “chosen” and transferred into the kingdom of his beloved Son! WOW!!!

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