We are Chosen

Recently, I heard or read somewhere that we need to base our value on Christ, and not on our circumstances. They said that value is not in who you are; instead, value is found in whose you are. This text was based on 1 Peter 2:9, which says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”. 

This struck me. This is something we do not often think about. It is definitely something we need to hear, especially in this time of quarantine. We are the possession of God. We are chosen by Him. This is who we are more than anything else in this world. 

A lot of people have lost jobs because of Covid-19 and are struggling to come to terms with that. Many people ask themselves the question of what their purpose is in life if not to work and provide at the moment. Your job is only a part of your identity. Belonging to Christ and being chosen by God is the most important part of your identity; which means that it trumps your identity found in your job. 

Everything in life changes. We do not know if we will keep the same job forever, we do not know how long we will be able to keep certain freedoms, we do not know if we will find a spouse, we do not know if the person we are dating will be the one, or if we will lose a spouse or children throughout our life. The one thing that we can remain certain of is that our identity in God and Christ will never change. 

Knowing this truth about our identity should change our outlook on life. Anything can happen in our lives and yet we always belong to God. We should use this knowledge to thank God and remember Him in all that we do and say. Perhaps this pandemic is just the opportunity we need to grow closer to God. 

We are a chosen people called to praise God. This is the most important thing in our life. God calls us beloved so many times in the Bible. Beloved means “dearly loved.” He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die in order to save us, His chosen, loved ones. 

We are His beloved. We are His chosen people. We are His children. This is our identity. Let us praise God for this truth, for making us who we are, for making us His.

 

Brittany Bylsma

Flee to the King

My life, a lie, I can not find a hold, 

So now I keep on falling down and down. 

This pit way down so deep, so lost, so cold. 

I dare not want to find my hope so drowned. 

But never know Thy love so kind and dear, 

To keep on working, running through this pit. 

And never knowing where to run. So near, 

Oh Lord, so help me, keep me, never quit, 

To Thee oh Lord so let me flee. To fly 

So far, to heaven’s courts, so be my goal. 

To Thee oh Lord, so let me run. I sigh 

And how I sing to Thee my King. My soul 

Is Thine, so help me, save me Lord. My heart 

Is yours, comfort and keep me not apart. 

 

 

Bryanna VanBaren

Event Announcement

The Young Calvinists will be holding a Virtual Young People’s Gathering via Zoom on August 8 from 11am-5pm EST. As a small replacement for the annual young people’s convention, this will feature:

  • mixer games
  • a lecture on heaven by Prof. Gritters
  • discussion groups
  • lunch sponsored by the Fed Board (we’ll send you lunch money!)
  • a talent show
  • and more!

Gather with a small group or simply join from your living room for fellowship with young people from across the country.

For young people who are able to attend in person in Michigan, we will also be hosting an outdoor Singspiration (location to be announced) on Sunday, August 9 at 8 pm, which will also be live-streamed. Sign up for one or both before July 20:

Click here to sign up!

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