Packed up, ready to move back home (which was in South Africa at the time), I settled in for my last night in the neon-lit city of Taipei. A wonderful friend invited me to stay over at her apartment, which was an affordable taxi ride away from the airport. We had a great, authentic Chinese meal and watched a movie: The Matrix.
I had seen the movie before, but it was as I was ready to say goodbye to my dream-turned-nightmare, that some of the nuggets of gold jumped out at me as I watched it again with my friend.
My time in Taiwan was a roller coaster ride. I set out with great expectations, but reality didn’t quite match up to what I thought my life would be as a travelling English teacher. Overwhelmed and scared, I went home before I saw the year through. The only thing I knew for certain, was that I was not “chosen” for this particular kind of career. Ha!
My adventure in the far East was a desperate attempt to break out of the routine of “normal life” in order to find out, what it was I was actually created for. I needed time to see what life was like on the other side of school, university and my first job as a training officer at a brokerage. I needed to get away from it all.
In some ways, stepping out of the routine, gave me a perspective on life that I never would have had, had I not taken the leap. Maybe that’s why I could relate to Neo’s story. He made a choice to step out of the known and into a great mystery. He chose to be chosen.
As if it’s not enough getting to grips with the fact that the physical world around you, is just an illusion, Neo also had to fill the shoes of the “Chosen One.” Whilst fighting an enemy bent on keeping people from finding out the truth! He was the one who would carry the message of truth; the message that would liberate the rest of a “dreaming” civilisation.
I often wonder how the disciples must have felt when they were handpicked by Jesus, to carry His message to the world. Did they feel special and empowered? Or was it overwhelming and scary? Their task, after all, was to wake up those who were under the illusion of either a worldly or religious system. They had to be awakened to the Truth himself: the Chosen One.
Discovering that a simple, quiet life was not what was destined for them, must have been a great awakening. To find out that there was another reality at play. A battle between powers and principalities. The life they thought they knew, was only smoke and mirrors used by an enemy that wanted to keep them from finding out who they really were.
Jesus told his chosen ones:
“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], He may give it to you.”
John 15:16 AMP
Disciples are chosen.
Morpheus chose Neo. He believed in Neo even before Neo believed in himself. Even when the evidence seemed to point to the fact that Neo wasn’t the Chosen One. Maybe you need to hear today: God believes in you, despite what the so called evidence is trying to say about you. Jesus died for you, and chose you. He has appointed you to bear much fruit. Fruit that will reveal his glory in you!
You have been chosen. There is a destiny; one that God meticulously planned with you in mind. He planted you in this time and place, for a reason. Perhaps your story will be used to usher in a great awakening. Perhaps God’s plan is for your life to be so fruitful, that his Glory is seen all over your life.
Like Neo, I struggled to accept that I am “chosen”. How could God choose me, when I couldn’t finish a year in Taiwan? Or when I struggle to get victory over a life controlling habit? Whenever I get my measuring tape out, I’m just not tall enough! But the good news is that I don’t have to be good enough. I just have to choose to be who He says I am: Chosen.
You have to choose to be chosen.
Now it is our turn to choose him. We choose to lay down our lives, our plans, our intentions, before his feet and to find out what it is that we have been appointed for. We allow him to plant us, prune us, and nourish us, until we bear fruit. Not a little bit of fruit for a short season. But fruit that lasts, whatever the season.
Did you know that the word “chosen” also means to be “set apart”? Jesus set his twelve apart from the crowd. He didn’t just preach to them, like he did to the crowd. He walked with them, he did life with them. He knew the intimate details of their lives.
In Matthew 22:14, Jesus says that many are called but few are chosen. I guess you could also say, many are called but few are set apart. If you want to discover what God has appointed for you, you will need to set yourself apart. You will need to walk with Jesus, allowing him into the intimate details of your life.
You are called, that is part of what Jesus did when he died for the whole world. But he also died for you, individually. So that you can be planted and appointed. You are called to be part of his family. Called to be a disciple and not just one in the crowd. But will you choose to separate yourself?
Neo had a decision that had much bigger implications than choosing between a red or blue pill. Did he really want to give up the illusion of comfort for a reality of war? Being a “chosen one” is costly. Time. Comfort. Ignorant bliss. You may need to let go of a few things. But if you want to live in the Truth, the Truth that sets you free, then you’ll have to choose it.
Chosen people do impossible things.
What I loved about this movie, is that the minute Neo believes what Morpheus said about him (that he is the chosen one) he is able to defy the realities of the Matrix. He can catch bullets and bend matter. He is doing impossible things.
Now, I have no interest in catching bullets, bending stuff or even flying. But I would like to see the sick healed, the dead raised, people who are stuck in physical and mental prisons set free. Most of all I would like to see people who are lost, finding their way to the arms of the Father. My prayer is that I would bear so much fruit, that I would be an exact representation of the Father. Just like Jesus was. Isn’t that what has been appointed for every disciple? Each and every chosen one?
I also don’t believe that being appointed refers to a position or a career. It didn’t matter if I taught English, trained the sales team or focused only on raising my children. I believe there are daily appointments for me to step into.
Maybe it’s talking to that mum in the schoolyard who is struggling and needs a word of knowledge, or pray for that friend who is going through a challenging time and needs you to step into her life with the authority that Jesus has given you. However, we won’t notice our appointments unless we unplug from “the Matrix” and ate tuned into the voice of the Spirit.
After all, Jesus only did what he saw his father do. He prayed to his Father, saying: “I have glorified you on the earth by faithfully doing everything you’ve told me to do.” (John 17:4, TPT) This was before he gave up his life on the cross. We need to be separated and hear, before we can be appointed.
If this resonates with you, I want to encourage you to read John 17. In this chapter, Jesus prays for his disciples. Why don’t you read those words, and imagine Jesus praying those very words over you.
I want to encourage you today, to take a few minutes to separate yourself from “the Matrix”. Get away with Jesus and allow him to show you what he has appointed for you in this season of your life. What he has appointed for you today. There are no bullets to catch, just beautiful people who needs to be awakened to the love of the Father.
I’ll leave you with these thoughts:
“So with deep love, I pray for my disciples.
I’m not asking on behalf of the unbelieving world,
but for those who belong to you,
those you have given me.
For all who belong to me now belong to you.
And all who belong to you now belong to me as well,
and my glory is revealed through their surrendered lives.”
Jesus (John 17:9-10, TPT).
“There’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.” Morpheus, The Matrix
Choose to be chosen.
Today, I hear the Father say: “My Chosen One. I have chosen you, and appointed you for such a time as this. There is no detail in your life that has not been considered in the plans I have for you. Sit with me, and allow me to awaken your heart to the reality of my love for you. Then you will be able to step into all the appointments I have for you, today. Do not be afraid to walk in Truth. The reward will infinitely outweigh the cost. I love you and have great plans for your life. If you choose it. Whatever you choose, know this, you are loved. Always.” ❤