Chosen

1 Peter 2:2-5, & 9
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ

…9 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.

My Thoughts:
Chosen…That one word was part of the first real question I ever answered about faith at my very first Bible study…”who are the chosen?”  I answered the “Israelites,” a right answer to be sure, but not the one the pastor was aiming for. He handled it with a lot of tactful grace. I see that now, not then though.  It almost became my stopping point instead of my starting point. I was an adult AND a church-goer …and I got the answer wrong!

In my self-imposed humiliation at being so ignorant, I just wanted to hide. I decided not to go back.  I suspect the Holy Spirit used that awareness of my own ignorance to spur me on.  I did go back the next week. I did NOT want to be ignorant!  I’m sure I was a lot more teachable at that point.

Here I am 40-plus years later; one living stone still being built into a spiritual house.  I’ve taken God at his word that I am his “special possession;” that I may blog the praises of him who called me away from humiliation and ignorance into the wonderful possibilities he’s created for me…Chosen. Praise the Lord!

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