Not the Frozen Chosen
Ever feel stagnant in your walk with God? God’s people are not the frozen chosen. Lost your spiritual vitality? Let’s get some back today! When we realize what lengths our Savior went to in order for us to be chosen, we should be the most passionate people on earth! They need to be spirit-filled, vibrant representatives for the LORD Jesus Christ!
Bible Reading of the Day: 1 Peter 1:3 and Deuteronomy 19-21
1 Peter 1: 1-2
“To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you.”
Not the Frozen Chosen—Chosen by God
Friends, we are chosen by God. According to the foreknowledge of God. And the Holy Spirit is completing the work that Christ began. And this work that God has accomplished should translate to obedience, with grace and peace being the fruit of that salvation.
Sometimes we can encounter Christians who are grumpy, gossipers and negative people. We might also encounter people who claim to be Christians who are like frozen objects when it comes to worshiping God. We joke about it and call them the frozen chosen or we say some people are just private about their faith, but let’s be honest.
If someone died for you, would you be passionate about thanking that person? And in this case, the salvation is for eternity!
If you are needing to be pumped up in your faith today, let’s look at some of the benefits:
Not the Frozen Chosen – Born into a living hope that never fades.
Our salvation cannot be taken away!
“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”
Not the Frozen Chosen—We are being guarded. Protected. Secure.
1 Peter 1:5
“5 You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
What ought to be our response to so great a salvation?
Not being the frozen chosen. We need to be faithful.
Not the Frozen Chosen—Be like Christ, not the world.
We are to set our hope on God, to be obedient and holy. Not to be worldly, but other-worldly.
1 Peter 1:13-16
“13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.”
Not the Frozen Chosen—Conduct Yourself in a Holy Manner.
1 Peter 1:17a-19
“…Conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as strangers. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.”
Not the Frozen Chosen—We are to be sincere and pure.
1 Peter 1:22-23
“22 Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, 23 because you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.”
Not the Frozen Chosen—Get rid of malice
1 Peter 2:1
“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.”
Scripture of the Day: 1 Peter 2:9-10
“9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
This verse is so key in us understanding our identity in Christ. This is who we are. We should jump for joy that we get to belong to Christ! That we get to serve Him! We can get lost in the world system. But remembering who and whose we are helps us to live worthy lives and to stay on mission.
Not the Frozen Chosen—Do Good.
2 Peter 2:11-15
“11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.
13 Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor[q] as the supreme authority 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 17 17 Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
Living differently than the world – counter-cultural – is hard. But how much we need to. The world wants to see faithful people.
Not the Frozen Chosen—Be kind.
1 Peter 3:7-9
“7 Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker partner, showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
8 Finally, all of you be like-minded and sympathetic, love one another, and be compassionate and humble, 9 not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing.”
Not the Frozen Chosen—Christ Fulfilled the Law!
When we live in this world like Christ told us to, the world can come to know God. In the reading from Deuteronomy 19-21, I was struck by how the laws shared by Moses were an attempt to try and contain sin. Rules in place to govern to help people be righteous. They just couldn’t do it.
We needed to know the Law, because it revealed our inability to follow it and our need of a Savior. And there need to be consequences for when we stray. God still provided shelter for those who sinned. We needed guidelines. And we needed to know how we should live.
Sins were dealt with. This is one of the problems we have today. Sins are dismissed and we compromise when we just go through the motions and succumb to the world. We were not chosen for that, friends.
- May we not be easily offended and forgive one another.
- May we live in a way that please God.
- And may we not be the frozen chosen, but fully alive in Christ, radically living out what has been revealed to us!
𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘁 12 𝗽𝗺 𝗘𝗧.
Day #315-316: 1 Peter 1-3 and Deuteronomy 19-21—Not the Frozen Chosen
𝒱𝑒𝓇𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒟𝒶𝓎: 1 Peter 2:9-10
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