Chosen Among The Elects
By Minister Gbenga Ajanaku
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-12; Isaiah 49:1-3
Sunday 22nd September 2013
Today’s message is a sequel to the three-part series ‘The Journey Ahead’ which Pastor Michael concluded last week. Let me share with you the people in this message titled ‘Chosen Among the Elects’.
In the gospels, you will discover that many times when Jesus taught in parables, he sometimes began with the phrase ‘the kingdom of heaven can be likened to’.... In this way, Jesus demonstrated his authority as God; displayed his inexhaustible knowledge of the kingdom of heaven and by speaking thus, he opens up the protocol and practice in the kingdom of heaven to us. The purpose here is that we would begin to understand how God operates His Kingdom and in His Kingdom.
So with that, we can understand that whatever God does, there is no afterthought, there is no accident in and there is no haphazard in God. Everything is planned, well thought out and His agenda is perfectly set. God is deliberate, intentional and particular. His work is perfect and all His ways are just.
So when God chose you, He does not only know your constitution, He actually made your constitution. He knows what possible issues you could flag up as a deterrent from agreeing with His plans for your life. Our foundation scriptures give us a preview of the dialogue between God and prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah. For a moment, let’s look at the dialogue between Jeremiah and God together. God says to him:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).
So God in other words, God is saying, ‘Jeremiah, make no mistake about this. I am your maker and knower and I brought you into existence for a purpose. Your assignment is you to carry my message to the nations’ (It is possible that this conversation took probably a minute, a day or even over a couple of months). Jeremiah reasoned that possibly, this was a speaking assignment and decided to tell God otherwise.
"Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth”. In other words God, you’re making a mistake here, you know how I cannot speak. If you go next door, there are after dinner speakers who are old and mature, why not call anyone of them. I am too young for this.
And just like Jeremiah, we may find ourselves in a situation where we are struggling with God, with genuine reasons why we cannot accept God’s call upon our lives. Yet I want you to know that you are chosen among the elects. God is always faithful. God assured Jeremiah and said I’M WITH YOU TO DELIVER YOU.
Friend, each time God zeroes in on a man or a commonwealth of people, it is because there is a Kingdom agenda on His mind that needs to be fulfilled. Would you like God to stretch His hand to touch you today? Notice that when He touched Jeremiah, those words from God became a lot easier for him to deliver.
So the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. (V 9).
Digressing a little bit to talk about choices, choice is an expression of preference between two or more specimen of the same nature. What you will discover about choice is that these specimens will always or in most cases have the same attributes in terms of nature and physicality, so that you can have basis for your decision.
Some people like ink pen and some people like ballpoint and some don’t care. And people with each preference can articulate their reasons for their preference.
With God, the story is entirely different. God is sovereign, When God chose you, He chose you. In fact, God does not owe anyone the prerogative of explaining why He chose you. You have to accept God on His own terms. At a point in Jeremiah’s ministry, he was feeling the frustration of this choice because his own assignment was very different to all others and he called God to have a word, as described in Jeremiah 20:7-10:
O Lord, You induced me, and I was persuaded; You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I am in derision daily; everyone mocks me. For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, "Violence and plunder!" because the word of the Lord was made to me a reproach and a derision daily. Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not. For I heard many mocking: "Fear on every side!" "Report," they say, "and we will report it!" All my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, saying, "Perhaps he can be induced; then we will prevail against him, And we will take our revenge on him."
When God visited Mary, a young teenage Hebrew girl and interrupted her plans so royally that nothing like that will never be recorded in the history of mankind, it was simply because He had an assignment for her.
Sending angel Gabriel to Mary, who had before then not visited the earth since the time of Daniel, over 500 years before, He said to the virgin girl in Luke 1:26: "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" . Mary initially sensed ‘trouble’ and questioned the manner of the greeting. But this young teenage girl came into a place of dying to self and with one statement conceded her destiny to God and gave reverence to God by submitting to Him. Everything about her did not matter anymore because she caught some quite big revelation and joined with God to change the course of history for you and I. Luke 1:38 reveals to us Mary’s resolve: "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word."
Here are two things to point out from this passage:
1. Mary submitted and assumed a lowly, humble position before God. She called herself a maidservant:
a. A maidservant cannot determine her destiny.
b. A maidservant relies on the goodwill of her master or mistress to live her life.
c. Servanthood means relinquishing all authority, choices and preferences.
d. Servanthood accepts the will of the master no matter how hard it may be.
2. Mary connected herself to God and called Him Lord:
a. She came to a point of total submission.
b. She realised that if she is the servant and He is the Lord, then could be no contest.
c. God cannot be your Lord if you are entertaining a possibility of responding with a ‘No’ to God’s request. There is no such thing as ‘No, Lord!’
d. The day your No! stands, He ceases to be your Lord.
The next sentence in verse 38 says ‘And the angel departed from her’. Mary took his breath away. Angel Gabriel had a more difficult experience on his last visit to earth. Mary, however embraced the will of God in its entirety and we are all beneficiaries of this remarkable decision.
As I begin to round up this message, let’s study the relative link between God’s will and God’s word.
It is impossible for anyone to fulfil the will of God without knowing the word of God. The will of God is made up of the word of God. When you know the word of God and you can apply that knowledge with your own understanding, then you can fulfil His will.
When a man dies and he does not die intestate, then people will say He has a Will. That Will is written in words and those words are the words of that man. Those words are not wishes, they are not prayers, they are words of authority and they carry the full weight of the law. Trust lawyers will tell you those written words are not precatory words but carry strength, it has power and authority weightier that the voice of all of us put together. And God help you if you tamper with those words, you will incur the full wrath of the law.
Illustrating once again with the story in Luke 1: 26: ‘Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth’. So God’s word sent His word to Mary, through Angel Gabriel. Mary desiring to walk in the will of God accepted the Word as God’s will and aligned with it.
God has already preordained a time to perform His word. When God spoke to Jeremiah and mentioned to him that he was ready to perform his Word. God does not use every vessel because when a vessel is prepared and ready, then there is a waiting period. Little wonder that Jesus refused to be pressured into ministry prematurely. He told His mother ‘my hour has not come’ (John 2:4) but God will surely use a vessel in the time that He has set before time.
God began to deal with Prophet Isaiah here in chapter 49 after he had opened to him the destruction of Babylon and the restoration of Israel.
The Lord has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me."
After God had prepared Isaiah, then He hid him. The waiting period is good for you, because there is a particular assignment He has for you and until that assignment is called, it will be unwise to do otherwise.
Many years ago, God pulled our beloved Pastor Tayo into the corridors of heaven and opened to him the New Wine Church in the mind of God called ‘the church I see’.
God took him past the outer courts into the Holy of Holies and God said, come with me and I will show what is to take place in the years to come. Come with me and see a church that is a copy of the general assembly in heaven. And Pastor Tayo took the mind of God as in ‘New Wine Church’ and handed it to you and me for the fulfilment of that vision.
Friend, I don’t know the physical reason why you are in New Wine in such a time as this, but I know the spiritual reason why God has chosen you among the elects in a time as this. We are going forward together. No one will be left behind.
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