A Heavy Privilege
Tevye, the lead character in Fiddler on the Roof, loved being a Jew. But he knew the privilege of his people’s calling also came with a great cost. In a humorously insightful line, he lamented to God: “I know we are your chosen people. But every once in a while, couldn’t you choose somebody else?” He understood the weight of being set apart for a purpose.
Being called and chosen by God is a heavy privilege, as everyone who has seriously followed him for more than a few years can testify. Numerous biblical characters who received a vision or mission from God—Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, the prophets, Mary, the disciples, Paul, and more—could tell a similar story. His favor brings enormous blessings. It also attracts numerous obstacles and assaults, putting you at odds with a world that has largely rejected him. His calling is worth celebrating, but it begins a challenging process.
It’s important to live out your calling knowing both sides of the privilege—the joy and the cost. Expecting one without the other will leave you either disillusioned or morose. Embracing both will lead you into fulfillment. You will suffer well and rejoice even better. And you’ll ultimately be grateful you were chosen.
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