Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:1-2)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Peter is writing to those he refers to as “the chosen.” Where does this term come from and what does it mean? Jesus first used this word in a parable he taught about a wedding banquet in Matthew 22. In this parable, a great king prepared a wedding banquet for his son, but those he invited refused to come. The king then sent his servants out into the street to invite common people, both good and bad, to come to his son’s wedding feast. Jesus concluded this parable with the explanation, “many are called, but few are chosen.” This word “chosen” is also translated “elect.” Whenever these words appear in the New Testament, they carry the meaning of Jesus’ parable.
It is important to remember that when Peter refers to us as a chosen people, it is not due to any innate characteristic of our own. God has chosen us not because of our noble character or excellent qualities. We are the world’s riff-raff, the street people, the commoners, both good and bad, who, of no credit of their own, have been chosen to celebrate the Son of God and to be his people. Whenever we remember that we are a chosen people, that we are God’s elect, it should cause us to humble ourselves. It is from this position of humility that we are able to serve, seeking the expansion of God’s household and kingdom, and keeping nothing for ourselves. Seeking God’s glory and none of our own.
Heavenly Father, who am I that you would choose me? I know that I have nothing that would benefit you. Everything I have is what you have already given me. But I am glad for this. I am forever indebted to your kindness and generosity, to have whatever gifts you bestow. Keep me humble before you, to serve you and your household forever.