God’s children are his treasured possession, holy to the Lord and chosen to be his, not because of anything we have done or could do, not because we were ideal specimens of what followers of God could be. God set his affection upon us because he loves us…
6 For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the Lord loved you…
When Israel entered the promised land, God told them to keep themselves separate from the people around them. He didn’t want them to intermarry with other nations and was concerned about Israel worshiping their idols and following their practices.
Was this just God’s control over his people, keeping them from enjoying freedom in their lives? Isn’t that what some people think? God just wants to put a damper on my fun in life. That’s not it.
God’s desire for his people to be pure and holy and entirely his reflects his holiness and his perfect love for us.
The people of God are his treasured possession. We are holy to the Lord and he chose us to be his people. It wasn’t because of anything we have done or could do. It wasn’t because we were ideal specimens of what followers of God could be. It isn’t our numbers or our powers or our strength or smarts. God chose us and set his affection upon us because he loves us.
God loves us.
God loves us so much that he chose us to be his. He loves us so much that he gave his own son, Jesus, to come to earth and make us worthy through Jesus’ sacrifice for us. God loves us so much that he desires to spend eternity with us.
And as God’s chosen people whom he loves, God desires for us to be holy as he is holy – pure as he is pure – and we have choices to make every day in reflecting God’s love and possession of us. Will we dig in and choose independence and self-determination, or will we choose to surrender and submit to God’s love for us?
I know what I want to do, yet I know how successful Israel was in committing to God. I know how successful Paul was (Romans 7 tells us he was stuck doing what he didn’t want to do and not doing what he wanted to do). By God’s mercy may we live for God today…