1 Peter 1:2…
…Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…
To often we worry more about being the Elect of the people around us than we do being the Elect of God. We perpetually strive for the “Peoples Choice Award” rather than resting in the knowledge that we are already chosen as God’s glorified one’s!
You see, because God elected us before the world began, He sees us as already glorified. People often look at us and they say, “Glorified? Them?!” The Father, however, knows better than those around you!
Suppose you could suddenly travel back in time, where you end up in a place where you realize that you haven’t made any of the mistakes of your past yet. There you are and You have a much better approval rating amongst the people now than you ever will in the future. And so with this incredible, new found approval rating, you find a bookie, and against unbelievably high odds, and even against the expectations that people have for your life you place a bet that you are going to have some short comings along the way or that your going to get beat in some way. Now, you would walk away a rich man because you would have foreknowledge. Therefore, you would have put your money down not as a gamble, but with certainty because you would have known the outcome despite the fact that you failed, despite the fact that it looked like a bad bet!
You see, the Father knows a good bet even before it looks like a bad bet. He sees the end from the beginning. He understands what no other person can comprehend. He knows we are going to struggle and mess up but He also knows that we’re going to make it. As bad a bet as we might seem to ourselves or to others, as steep as the odds against us may be, He calls us already glorified. Therefore, we can approach Him boldly. We can enjoy Him intimately. We can ask of Him expectantly because we have been elected eternally.
Our Father takes an incredible chance on us even when people don’t, even when other Christians won’t. Quit seeing yourselves as the good bet, gone bad and start seeing yourself as the bad bet, gone good!!!