You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16)


Let’s never get this confused: We didn’t choose God. He chose us. Then He assigned us a purpose. You did not pick out your divine purpose, nor did you pick out various aspects of your personality. You may think that your desires or specific passions were just randomly acquired. No, my friend! God placed many of those passions inside of you. Nobody goes to the superstore of Heaven and says, “I’m going to choose this talent, and I want a little artistic ability, and I want to be a world-class athlete too.” No. He put your gifts in you as it pleased Him.

You have been specially selected and uniquely equipped. God wants to work through your personality to enable you to fulfill your purpose. God refines us daily to help us get better. We’re always working on something—love, patience, wisdom, walking in peace, training our bodies, acquiring new knowledge, not going off on our kids, and so forth. We all can improve in some areas. And that’s a good thing. We are all in pursuit of something. 

But, keep this in mind: You are deliberately designed to fulfill your purpose. Yes, God chose the right person. It’s you!


Dear God, thank you for refining me to make me better, and forgive me for the times I didn’t understand that Your correction was for my good. Guide me with Your eye, according to Your plans and purposes, and I will do what You show me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This devotional is excerpted from David S. Winston’s book, Authentic. Order this amazing book today!

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