God’s Chosen People
Do you feel like a chosen people?
You are and you are also a Saint.
You are set aside for the purpose of serving God and your fellow person.
We are chosen to serve.
We are chosen to die for others.
Just like the utensils in the Temple we are sanctified for God’s service.
We are not God’s chosen to have it better or easier than most.
We are God’s chosen to love sacrificially.
We know the word, it is Agape.
We just seldom live the word.
And when a Christian actually lives Agape love it is noticeable.
And it changes things.
Even when it costs the life of the Christian it yields great things for the Kingdom of God.
Your life will be over one of these days, what will be said of you as to how you used it?
Where did you invest it?
How did you spend it?
Remember this saying: Only one life will soon be past, only what was done for God will last.
Believe it and live it.
I got an idea.
Think of the person you admire most in this world.
Wouldn’t be it something to be their child?
Well, your daddy is so much greater than they could ever be!
Your daddy made heaven and earth.
Your daddy can count the stars.
Your daddy knows how many hairs are on your head.
Or the number of the grains of sand in the desert.
No one on earth can match that.
Yet we go around as if we were nothing and amount to so little.
While we are everything and amount to so much.
Enough of an intro, now for the text for today.
“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. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” 1 Peter 2:9-10.
All of the Scriptures for today are: Exodus 19: 3-6, Titus 2:11-14 and 1 Peter 2: 9&10.
Peter is writing to the scattered Christians in the Roman provinces encouraging them to consecrate themselves to Christ on the basis that they are:
1. Children of God the Father
2. Believers in Christ who ought to grow
3. Living stones in the living temple.
These are found in the writings of First Peter.
He is calling for consecration on the basis that they are God’s chosen people.
This relationship may be plotted as a dot within a circle.
The circle completely owns the dot.
God completely owns his people.
We exist for Him; it is not: He exists for us.
Let us think about being God’s chosen people.
This theme of being God’s chosen people was first set forth at Mount Sinai when Israel was designated as God’s chosen people. Ex 19:3-6
The people of Israel misunderstood the nature of their covenant relationship.
They thought that they were better than the Gentiles.
They generally thought that they had been elected to salvation rather than to service.
In the main, they persecuted and killed God’s representatives, culminating in the crucifixion of Jesus.
In Matt. 21:33-46 Jesus epitomized their sad history of poor stewardship by relating them to the story of the landowner and the tenants.
If you recall, a landowner buys property, improves it and leases it out.
When he sends servants to collect his portion the tenants beat them and kill them.
So he sends his son saying, surely they will respect my son.
But the tenants plot to kill the son and take his inheritance.
It ends with the question, “When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
Jesus is in the Temple and he is referring to the prophets, killed by the chief priests and Pharisees
He ends by saying that the kingdom of God will be taken away from them and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
What a disappointment to chose a people to spread the news of the goodness of God only to have them keep it to themselves and declare that this God is only for them.
The ones to whom the Kingdom of God is given, is the new belief in Jesus known as the Christians.
But if they are to continue in the kingdom they must be the ones to bear much fruit.
So what is the nature of God’s chosen people?
God had called his people out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Most had come from heathenism to Christianity.
The theme in the New Testament of these new believers is: They are a chosen people, an elect race. Corresponding to a spiritual Israel, Abraham’s children by faith.
A royal priesthood where every Christian is a priest.
Each needs no one to go to God on their behalf.
Leadership is there by function but all are equal in their calling as priests.
A holy nation set apart and dedicated to and for God.
They are God’s special possession
Christ gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify, for himself, a people that are his very own, eager to do His bidding and serve the world, proclaiming the goodness of God.
The purpose of God’s election is that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
When God first chose Israel at Sinai, the reason was not that God loved Israel more than the Gentiles.
For all belong to Him. All the earth is mine, declares the Lord. Ex. 19:5
This declaration is the reason given for God calling Israel as a special people.
God’s election of Israel was a method for reaching all nations.
God’s election of Christians is a method for reaching the heathens with the gospel.
The purpose of one’s life is to glorify God and serve others.
Election is not to salvation but to service.
And how well you do that service results in your salvation.
The Christian is to bear fruit.
God desires his chosen people to be missionaries to all people.
If God’s people become rebellious and sinful, he may raise up another people who will accomplish his purpose.
For His purposes will be accomplished.
I want to be a part of His team, don’t you?
Lord make us team players for you, ushering in your Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.