“…To God?s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
— 1 Peter 1: 1-2 (NIV)

When I was in elementary school, students performed a fan dance every year.? The children, with plaited hair, were dressed in cute, silk blouses and pants. The various colored costumes and fans made such a beautiful kaleidoscope.? Each step and movement was carefully and daintily taken.

For that item teachers selected students to participate. There were criteria for the selection process. After each year’s performance I would secretly wish I would be chosen for the next year.? But it never happened. I did not meet the criteria in the selection process. I was either too tall, too big, too clumsy or my hair was never long enough.

I was disappointed. In life there are many things for which a person may not be chosen.

But Peter, in writing to Christians scattered throughout the five Roman provinces, said that believers are “chosen”.

We may ask: “why were they (we) chosen?” ?The Bible reminds us that it is “according to the foreknowledge of God… by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that they may obey Jesus Christ”.

By faith, we must believe that Christian election is not based on merits of our own. It is purely His grace and love for us.

If you are wondering about your existence, search no more. The Bible states clearly why you are here and what you are to do. A hymn reminds us to ” ‘Take up thy cross and follow Me,’ I heard my Master say; ‘I gave My life to ransom thee, Surrender your all today.’ “

It is easy to sing the chorus, “Wherever He leads I’ll go, I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so, wherever He leads I’ll go.” But are we prepared to obey?

If you knew your life journey would go ” …thru’ the shadows dim, Or o’er the stormy sea,” would you still be prepared to ” …take {your) cross and follow Him, Wherever He leads?”

Peter’s assuring words — “chosen… that you may obey… “ were important to prepare believers for any arising persecution.? Only those prepared to heed Christ’s command can honestly sing “My heart, my life, my all I bring To Christ who loves me so; He is my Master, Lord, and King, Wherever He leads I’ll go.”

What about you?? What kind of disappointments might you have experienced while desiring to be His chosen one? In your Christian life don?t miss out on the vital truth that “You are special to God.”

The students who did the fan dance in their beautiful array of rainbow colors had to obey their instructors when chosen to perform the item.? Likewise, we as believers have a responsibility. Let us take our calling both assuringly and seriously.

 


Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.