In any team game, no player would like to be left out of the play, even as a substitute. To be left on the bench means that you are not good enough to be a first team player. Every player believes that he is skilled and the best to be picked as one of the first team player particularly in a big match. Any notable players would feel slighted if they are not one of the first choice players. The players would fiercely fight to be one of the chosen players to play in the first team. It is an honour and pride to be selected. Such is the recognition for their im-portant role in contribution to the team.
Wayne Rooney, as a Manchester United player, thinks that he is an invaluable and indispensable player. He was sorely disappointed and sulked when he was left out of the first team selection or substituted. He felt that he was being overlooked and insulted when he was not selected.
When the apostle Peter exalts us as “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light” (1Peter 2:9), he is ex-pressing the awesome joy of being a distinctive and privilege people in His kingdom. We are no longer an outcast but call-ed into the fellowship with His Son and a shared life in Him.
Consider what David says, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4). It is a staggering thought that God counted us worthy to be His chosen people. We are mere mortals, created beings of God. As His privileged people, we enjoy “a right, immunity or benefit granted only to a person, beyond the usual rights or ad-vantages of others” (Oxford Dictionary).
The reality of our faith is that we are unique and precious in the sight of God as His exclusive and elected children. He has chosen us to be His beloved ones, not that we have cho-sen Him (John 15:16). Our union with Jesus, given access to Him, and our security in Him as redeemed ones and His chosen ones are our privileges that only we enjoy.
If we are grateful for what privileges freely given to us be-cause we are chosen, then we should lift our hearts in thank-ful praise and worship to God. We are indebted people to the Lord Jesus for being gracious and merciful to us. We are pre-cious in His sight. May we be grateful and treasure our faith that we are God’s chosen people.
By His mercy,
Redeemed to have a glorious hope in Christ