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. 1 Peter 2:9
Have you ever noticed how differently you respond to being told to do something versus taking the initiate to do it yourself? I can say with confidence that I have a much different response to the two options. For example, when I was growing up I was responsible for making sure the dishes got cleaned (whether or not I actually did them is not the focus). When I made the choice to do the dishes, I did not tend to mind very much. But if I was told to do the dishes, I suddenly had no desire whatsoever to do them. I would still get the dishes clean, but my attitude towards washing them would be terrible.
We all have similar moments. Sometimes it’s something small like doing a chore while other times there could be higher stakes. Regardless, we all crave the ability to choose. I have had conversations with people who are curious on why evil exists. They are perplexed why a sovereign God who loves everyone would allow pain, suffering, and evil to exist. Some of them eventually say something along the lines of, “If everyone had to love God, this world would be better.” I always push back against this statement because I don’t think it rings true.
If we all HAD to love God, where does love fit in? Love does not exist when its forced upon you, love exists in the choice. If we were forced to be in a relationship with God, it would be enslavement. We would feel trapped. I have never heard anyone utter, “I love my forced relationship!” The people who love their relationships are the ones who make the choice to be in it.
A reality that is even better than being able to make a choice, is to be chosen. When it comes to a relationship with God, He has already chosen us. I memorized 1 Peter 2:9 for the day days where I do not feel deserving to be chosen by God. With every sin I give into, my brain tries to tell me, “Would someone chosen by God do that sort of thing?” If I enabled that thought to run wild, I would be miserable.
When these negative thoughts make an appearance, I also remind myself that Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient. Anything that questions the standing of my relationship with Jesus is actually questioning the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice. I can be confident in who I am because Jesus chose me, and He chose You.
Our confidence in His choice is what allows us to live out the rest of this verse, “...proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” Our lives are the chance to reveal the excellency, greatness, kindness, mercy, love, and grace of Jesus. Even on our worst day we can show our hope in Jesus. Every day we choose to stand confident in being chosen by God, we chase away the darkness a little bit more with His light.
Do you struggle with feeling chosen? What thoughts come to mind when you think about your standing with Jesus?
How much would your life change if you lived believing you were chosen versus working for God’s approval?
Spend some time crafting a prayer based off of 1 Peter 2:9, so that every time you begin to doubt your standing with Jesus you will remember this verse.
Father, thank you for giving me the chance to choose You. How unreal is it for me to fathom that You claim me as Your own, and call me Your child. Truly, this changes my life in every way, and I pray I can reflect Your light. I love You Father, and pray these things in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.