But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2.9)
Before our big basketball tournament, my coach said this prayer:
Oh Lord, we know this game has already been decided. We just pray for the strength to accept the outcome. In your Sovereign name we pray. Amen.
Sure enough, we lost that game. I refuse to believe God set us up to lose. How could God have determined our defeat? Why would God even bother to mess with a high school basketball game when there are so many other unresolved issues: war, poverty, racism…
God is in control of all things. But God doesn’t exert this authority over every detail of our lives. We are not puppets God plays with on a string.
Yet, in Jesus, God has set the course for our lives — past, present, and future. In Christ, God freely chooses His children for abundant life, forever.
Being God’s chosen ones doesn’t come with special privileges, but responsibilities. We are not chosen because of who we are, but Whose we are. We are children of a Heavenly Father who does not call us to a lap of luxury, but gives us the tools to serve.