A short essay from my friend Harvey Schultz, written before a previous presidential election. Timeless wisdom.
OUR GREATEST PRIVILEGE:
The time to vote for “President of the U.S.A.” for the next four years is upon us. If our choice happens to win, then we can be proud that our vote helped. Perhaps the one who wins may feel honored that he has been chosen to serve as best as he can.
As great an honor as being “President” is, we have been chosen to a much higher honor than that! In 1st John 3:1 John gives us our greatest privilege by saying, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that, we should be called children of God!” Even in our wildest imagination we could not have aspired to a greater privilege than to be God’s child with all the rights and privileges afforded us.
And unlike these candidates we do not need to campaign, travel and beg for votes and spend a lot of money in the process. It is not necessary for us to make promises that we may not be able to keep, or kiss babies, although that would be nice. But our honor and privilege is offered to us freely.
Paul tells us that God chose us even before He created the world. In Ephesians 1:4 it says, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world…” Any one who wishes can be God’s child. The price has been paid by the cross and the only way we will not be God’s children is to say no to God’s grace. And the sad thing is that most will reject God’s grace and conditions of pardon, choosing rather to live for the pleasures of the moment.
However for those who accept God’s grace and conditions of pardon, we are truly blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine. Paul gives us just a hint as to just how blessed we are when he, quoting an Old Testament verse, said in 1st Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him”.
And remember that after four to eight years the privilege of being President will end. But our privilege of being God’s children is eternal; it will never end. So with this in mind, let us make every effort to do what Peter admonishes us to do in 2nt Peter 1:10-11 where he said “Therefore my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall. And you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Something to think about. Harvey Schultz
Originally written for a local newspaper, this article is one of over 50 collected in Harvey’s first book, “Just Something To Think About”.
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