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.
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!