SUNDAY 27 December, 2015
Chosen to Reflect Christ
“And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods? For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, Lord, have become their God.” - 2 Samuel 7:23-24
Look at how God sees His people, the children of Israel. He chose them from all the people of the earth, to be His people, to redeem them and use them to glorify Himself. God did not choose Israel for a short time. He chose them to be His people forever.
Today, the Jewish people are still God’s people. He has not turned from them. He has not removed His hand of mercy from them. Even when they did not receive His Son, He did not turn from them. They remained His people, just as God promised David. He kept His promise to David.
What is so amazing is that God looks at His church in the same way. We are His people. He chose us, just as He chose the children of Israel. When Christ went to the Cross, He not only redeemed Israel, He redeemed every man and woman who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Think about that. As God’s children, He wants to use our lives to glorify Him. He wants us to reflect his love, grace and mercy, so others will come to a personal relationship with Him. What an amazing gift He has given us.
The aim of the church is to reach the rest of the world.
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