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Monday, September 9, 2013

Thru the Word - Guest Post by Jodi Kozan


Note from Joanna:  It's my pleasure to share this guest post today by my friend Jodi Kozan.  I want to thank her for partnering with us three times this year as a guest blogger. It has been so much fun to read Thru the Word with amazing insight from friends along the way.  

Chosen.

How would we live our lives differently if we lived, spoke, walked, talked and related to God and others knowing fully that we were chosen.  We sometimes forget that Jesus said in His precious Word:

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” (John 15:16 NIV).

Wow.  So if the Savior of the world says that we are chosen; who are we to argue? Yet reality teaches us that we more often than not require a role model; someone who I would refer to as “Jesus with skin on.”  I don’t know where I’d be without the testimony of Christ oozing from the mentors and spiritual mothers and fathers that have graced my journey. They modeled a chosen life, one set apart, and now I too hold that mantle for others.  

Gulp! Lord help me! Oh, it’s a high calling to be a leader!

Yet that doesn't mean we have to be perfect, but only leaning on the One who is. As we do, we bear fruit, spiritual fruit that lasts and that is what draws people to Him. Not our attempt at perfection, but Christ’s perfection living in and through us. We learn through both experience and the testimony of others. Their weaknesses and dire dependence on the Savior helps us to know God can and will transform our lives.

Imagine being Paul, an engaging prolific communicator and a Holy Spirit charged apostle of Jesus Christ writing to the Church of Colossae from prison.  Prison my friend!  Can you imagine?!  With confidence, conviction and a mentality of divine destiny, he writes:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to Gods' holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.  (Colossians 1:1-2 NIV)

Chosen by the will of God!

We must ponder the truth that Paul’s life was radically transformed by Christ.  Paul:  A persecutor of Christians, filled with hatred and pride, and “the worst of all sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

If God’s had a chosen destiny for Paul’s life—before the creation of the world—what does that say for you and me? Look what God did with a life that was fully sold out and obedient  to His will!  God used Paul to radically change the world. To live as a chosen disciple is simply breathtaking, and humbling to say the least!

God has given me {Paul} the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. (Colossians 1:25-27 NLT)

While traveling to Israel with our ministry this year, I had the honor of walking where Jesus walked. I felt His word pouring over me like a waterfall of grace and truth—grasping more fully the historical context of where over 80% of the Bible was written!  I trembled with holy amazement that Christ lives in ME. To know deeply that I was chosen has been instrumental to my freedom. By accepting the message of Jesus Christ, I’ve experienced the most profound secret that’s simply destined to be proclaimed. Not just through pastors, speakers, writers, and theologians from days gone by, but through ALL of us who know Him personally including me.

This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us.  We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.  That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me. (Colossians 1:27-29 NLT)  

May you experience Christ’s power within you as you trust in His call and live as a chosen ambassador for His Kingdom!

How are you sharing “his glory” today?

Jodi Kozan is the founder and president of Women’s Journey of Faith. Their vision is the “Restoration of Women” and everything that coincides with WJOF along with Jodi’s writing and speaking is geared in that direction. They host Faith Story seminars, conferences and highlight speakers online at www.wjof.com

Jodi has been married to Tim for twenty-three years and have four daughters living in Saskatoon, SK Canada. You can visit her personal website as well at www.jodikozan.com and connect on Facebook and twitter!

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