You’ve Been Called Out
I wasn’t exactly Mr. Athlete as a kid, so when we played sports in school or in the neighborhood and captains started picking teams, I usually wasn’t first choice… or second or third. But when it comes to my role as a member of God’s kingdom, the Bible says I’m part of a people that God has chosen and called out for a special task. We’ve been recruited to turn the world upside down.
Peter put it this way, “However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 GW) In this passage, and many others, phrases pop up describing God’s people as chosen, set apart, and called out. Even the New Testament word that we translate into church referred to a called out assembly of people.
God is fully aware of all of the problems the world faces. He knows about the conflicts and crises that trace their origins to broken philosophies and sinful thinking patterns. And He has initiated His own plan for saving the world that started with the redemption purchased by Jesus’ death and resurrection. His plan continued as He revealed Himself through nature, the prophets, and His Word. And it continues still through the people He has called out to share the good news with the world – the church.
You may not feel that you’re the kind of person who gets picked, but the fact is that God wants you in His forever family. He wants to include you in His church, His “special forces” called to the task of taking His saving good news to the planet. So get in. Get strong. And get going. You’ve been called out!