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Intentional 21 - Day 2: Pastor Tim Maxwell

Sovereign Selection

We’ve probably all heard of Natural Selection. A somewhat textbook definition of this would imply that organisms that are more adapted to their environment are more likely to survive and pass on the genes that aided their success. This is more or less the “survival of the fittest” mentality. Let’s face it, if this was a principle we lived by, then many of us simply wouldn’t make it in the physical realm. We’re often weak, weary, undisciplined, over-stimulated and downright “less than” where we should be on a physical level. Spiritually speaking, we would continually find ourselves losing to the proverbial “natural selection” process. Constantly trying to do more, be more, pray more, serve more, worship more and ultimately overworking and overtaxing ourselves. I believe there is a much better way to live! I call it “Sovereign Selection”.

One of the many hallmark attributes about God is that He is sovereign!

Colossians 1:16

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

If you believe simply that God is God then you will vehemently agree that God has all authority and all power; in other words, He is sovereign. When we learn to trust in God, we are trusting in his sovereignty. We are fully trusting that He is sovereign in every situation and in every circumstance. How freeing is this? This revelation should alleviate a myriad of anxieties and worries.

This also reminds us He has sovereignly chosen you and I to carry His presence and anointing. This is not “natural” selection that’s left to the mercies of human reasoning and rationale, but this is rather “sovereign” selection.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

You and I were chosen by the King of Kings! Despite our shortcomings, failures and limitations, God chose us! It was His sovereign hand that plucked us out of darkness and into His marvelous light. The prophet Jeremiah reminds of God’s sovereign intention with you and I.

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Don’t fall victim to the idea that you have to do something or be something to earn God’s love and affection. He has already chosen you. He is provoking you to draw nearer to Him and to trust in Him like never before. He’s inviting you to rest in His sovereignty.


Ask God to reveal the areas of your life where you’ve failed to see God’s sovereignty. What areas of stress or anxiety can be trumped by the revelation of who He is and the truth that He has all authority and all power? Be reminded that although Jesus has not called us bondservants, but rather His friends, never lose your reverence for His sovereignty in your life. Instead, allow it to propel you into a life of full devotion to Him, to a life of holiness, to a life consecrated and set apart for His glory. Lastly, thank Him for His sovereign selection, that He has called a people such us to be His treasure.

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