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No. 50
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

They were going to choose the hockey team at school.
Mandy had worked hard.
She had tried to improve her game by being at every practice, never missed.
She was building up her leg muscles.
She jogged every day.
It was so important for her that she should be chosen.
Pam , her best friend , was bigger and stronger than Mandy.
She didn’t really care if she was on the team.
But she tried out for it as well. Do you know what?
Pam was a better player because of her natural body ability.
She was chosen, and poor Mandy wasn’t!
She was very disappointed and felt left out and rejected.

Danny wanted to be chosen for the debating team.
He wanted to get up at the micro-phone, like a preacher, and talk out his points.
He stuttered a bit sometimes.
When it come time for his try at debating, he got nervous.
He had been so good at home, talking in front of the mirror.
But when he got up in the school audi-tor-ium he mucked up, really badly!
He stuttered and lost his place in his notes.
Buzz Nolan, a boy who was full of himself, got chosen for the team.
And Danny didn’t get picked at all. He thought it wasn’t fair.
The teacher just said, “Maybe another time. Don’t be discouraged.”
But he felt passed over and dumb.

We all like to be chosen, don’t we.
We like to be the one who is specially asked to help.
We like it when the teacher says, “Will you be in the play?”
Or when he says, “I’m sure you can tell us the answer to this question.”
I want to tell you something wonderful about you and God.
He has chosen you especially for Himself.
If you are saved, if you are born-again, you have been chosen by God!

The Bible tells us about it

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.”
(John 15 :16).

That is true!
God worked in your heart until you wanted to come to Him to be saved.
Not only that, but He has a plan for you.
That is why He saved you.
He wants you to “bear fruit” of the Holy Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering (being able to put up with problems bravely)
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness (being humble)
and temperance ( not going overboard in anything).”
(Galatians 5:22,23).


God has chosen you for His assignment, to bear fruit of the Holy Spirit.
To be on His “ambassador” to be His “ordained” one.
To be His witness in this wicked world.
You are called by God to be like an ambassador in a foreign country!
When we are saved ones we are part of the Body of Christ, His special Church.
Not a building made with bricks, but a company of believers all over the world.
Other kids may reject you because you are a Christian, but they do not realise that God has chosen you. They are not yet chosen in Him. But they may well be later on in their lives. God has planted you in the very soil where you are. So that your fruit will grow, and so it will “remain.”The family you have, the house you live in (or the apartment or caravan trailer). The neighbourhood and Christian people you know. They are your “environment” to grow  in, so you will bear fruit. Those who bear fruit have this great promise

“...go and bring forth fruit...
that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name,
he may give it you.”

Read about it in your Bible in John 15:16,17.

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