Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; (Colossians 3:12)
Jackson Elementary School. Plant City, Florida. Playground. The scene of a great conflict. Time for PE (physical education). Teams are chosen for kick-ball. A captain was announced. They would choose players. Names were called. Obviously the more talented people went first. The thrill of being called first was a matter of playground pride. To be called last was like warm ice cream. I ate a lot of warm ice cream.
Heaven. The throne of God. My Creator knows my name – yes my name. He knows your name. Before the world was formed the Lord had a plan to save mankind. This would involve sending His only begotten Son to die for miserable man. Jesus came and offered His life for me and for you and for all mankind. He left a plan – a magnificent plan that would include one of the most marvelous feelings man has ever known. Through the blood of Jesus Christ we can be called the ELECT OF GOD. Chosen by Him and set aside as HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE.
God knows our name. He knows all about us and promised to take care of us. We are HIS CHILDREN. He is our Father. I am ELECT. Just think how great this day is going to be when we think about how much the Lord loves us and can take care of us. As the ELECT He provides us with peace, security, hope, faith, guidance, love – there is not enough room in the universe to explain what it means to be called the ELECT of God.
This week is over half-finished and we move towards a day of worship with other saints. Don’t give up on this week because yesterday we were His ELECT, today we are His ELECT and tomorrow will be His ELECT. When the Lord’s Day comes we get to see a lot of ELECT to praise God for letting us be His ELECT. I am special. You are special. He chose us in Him and I am thankful that I am first in His heart. Let us live as the ELECT of God today showing how much we love Him and He is first in our hearts. ELECT. Wow.
The elect are whosever will, and the non-elect whosoever won’t. (Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858)