October 24, 2013

The Lady Chosen By God

Courtney has been a guest blogger many times before now, and has become a good friend of mine. She's like the big sister I never had. Her encouragement and thoughts on faith never fail to leave me feeling reminded of God's goodness and love. I thought her words here today wrapped up this little series of ours perfectly, and I hope you'll follow her along at her blog, dress up & twirl

The book of 2 John is a short letter to a woman who is addressed as “the lady chosen by God.” Some versions say, “the elect lady.” It’s interesting that this is the only identity given to this woman, as it does not address her by her actual name. Isn’t that enough, though? What other identity does she need?

Enter gentle conviction. What other identity do I need? And you? What could possibly define you more than being chosen by the King? John does not write anything particularly profound to this chosen woman. At least not profound in the sense that it’s nothing you’ve never heard before: “And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.” 

What can we learn from this chosen woman?

First of all, she was a woman who loved God and loved others deeply. John affirms her when he tells her the command she has “heard from the beginning,” to “walk in love.” We also learn that walking in love guards us against being deceived. John explains that he gives the command to “walk in love” because “many deceivers have gone out into the world.” The true love of Christ keeps the truth alive and active in our hearts and combats deception.

Secondly, we learn that this woman worked diligently. In fact, she may have worked so diligently and passionately that John had to warn her “not to lose what [they] have worked for, but that [she] may be rewarded fully.” Sometimes diligent and passionate workers can run ahead of the Lord and eventually abandon His teachings. This does not appear to be the case with this woman (after all, she was chosen, wasn’t she?), but her constant hard work was something to be mentioned by John.

Finally, we learn that her love and diligent work has already paid off. John expresses his joy when he says that some of her children are walking in the truth. Her godly influence has obviously made an impact. We can learn from this whether we have children or not. There are plenty of people in our own spheres of influence who we can influence by walking in love and working diligently to build His Kingdom.

After all, the only identity we need is that we are chosen by Him. 

3 comments :

  1. Loved this perspective of our identity in Christ! I've thought about how important it is ALOT, but never thought about it being enough. The fact that we don't need recognition or even words of affirmation--Paul said that he counted everything as loss compared to knowing Christ AND being found in him. (Phi.3)....so being found in Christ is enough! Very good, provoking thoughts.

    This woman is very mysterious, though. Even without praising her, I would love to know who she is. :) In Bible study, I had heard it taught that some scholars believe that the woman John is writing to is "the Church". Interesting, mysterious stuff. ;)

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  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful pot Courtney!

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  3. This is wonderful! I never really thought much about the "elect", unnamed lady before. But what a beautiful picture of us as women. We should be satisfied with being unnamed if it means being women chosen and used for and by our Heavenly Father. Anything we say or do should point others not to our own selves, but to Him.

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