1 Peter 2:9 – But you are God’s chosen treasure —priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world.
At the end of the day all any of us really want is to be loved. Over the last thirteen years, my wife Parris has been running a ministry for hurting women called Mary’s Song. I have heard many of their stories and many of them have shared the same hunger that they have had that often led them to make poor choices in life. What is that common thread in all of their lives? It’s not that much of a secret because it is the same hunger in all of our lives. All we really want at the end of all the drama is to just be loved. That’s all we are really looking for. The key to the success we have seen in transforming these lady’s lives is that is exactly what they have found in the house of God. Mary’s Song is a community within our church community. It is a place of safety where these girls find the love of Christ in the leaders and church members they interact with everyday.
That is what today’s scripture verse is all about; we are God’s chosen treasure. We were chosen by Him before we were even born. More than that, we were known and loved by Him before we were born. That is the story of redemption. That is why the Lord became a man; to show us His love and poor out His love upon us as a result of His death at Calvary for our sin. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this verse.
“He hath chosen them from amongst others to be gracious to them, to show them his favor. He has chosen them to enjoy him, to see his glory, and to dwell with him forever. He hath chosen them as his treasures, as a man picks and chooses out gems from a heap of stones, only that with this difference: that man finds gems very different from other stones and therefore chooses. But God chooses them, and therefore they become gems and very different from others; Mal. 3:17, “in the day that I make up my jewels”; Ps. 135:4, “The Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.”
We are the King’s treasure. He loves us more than silver or gold, we have become the objects of His love and are called His chosen treasure. Our salvation story is not accidental, it is absolutely intentional. I have found my home with God’s people. I am His chosen treasure.