“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NRSV)
When I was a growing up, we lived in a home that had a huge yard all around the house, and our yard was the perfect place to play all sorts of outdoor games like “Red Rover,” “Tag,” “Hide and Seek,” “Kick Ball,” or any other team type game. I remember what it felt like to be chosen to be on one of the teams. Often, because I was a little chunkier than the rest of the kids, I was chosen last with the look on the “captain’s” face that said, “Oh no, we are stuck with her!” Yet, there were times when I was also chosen earlier, and that felt pretty good.
As Christians, we are chosen, too, as the passage from 1 Peter 2:9 says. We are chosen by God to share the good news of God’s mighty works to others. So, being chosen comes with responsibility. In God’s family, it doesn’t matter in what order we are chosen because we all carry the same calling: share God’s love with others, and tell others about how Jesus Christ made a difference in our lives.
In order to do such marvelous work, we have been given gifts. Some of us are given the gifts of teaching, others have preaching, still others have carpentry or cleaning or cooking or office work or raising children or being a good friend, and the list could go on and on. Thankfully, we have a variety of gifts because many people can be reached that way. For example, a pastor may not be able to connect with someone on a construction job, someone who is already there as a co-worker might.
All Christians began their faith journeys as those who didn’t believe, and at some point, we all had to say “yes” to Jesus’ call in our lives no matter how big or small an event that may have been. Faith is God’s gift to us, offered to all by the grace of God. Once we have accepted Jesus into our lives, we then take on the joy of sharing his love wherever we are to the best of our abilities. AND God doesn’t say, “Great! Now go and share the Good News” without sending the power of the Spirit with us as well as companions for the journey.
Like us, our companions have been called to make a difference in the world through living lives that show God’s love to others. They also are there for us when we falter, have troubles, suffer illness or loss, and they continue to walk with us on the journey through the ups and downs.
So, Chosen One, may your day be filled with the companionship of the Holy Spirit and friends who are with you on this journey of life in Christ!