I was comparing Colossians 3:12-14 to attending a wedding. the first half verse is about our identity.
- as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved.. v. 12a
Weddings are by invitation. You don’t show up uninvited. Your admission is not up to you. This is a way to think about being “chosen”.
We could get into a long discussion of election and predestination. If I thought that I could work out that issue in a couple of minutes, I would. But as Christians have debated that issue for 2000 years, I will move over to the importance of it.
When you go to a wedding, it is because you are invited. Someone chose you to come. It would be very strange to walk into a wedding uninvited. Maybe you just love weddings. Would you attend and stay for the reception? No.
You belong to the wedding because the Bride and Groom invited you.
The same is true for you as a Christian. You did not crash the gates. You did not come and say, “Hey, this looks like fun! Let me in!” The Lord made a way for you to come in Jesus. He paid for your invitation. The Lord not only invited, but he persuaded you. He persuaded you through the power of the Holy Spirit, through the prayers of others, through the truth of the Gospel.
Don’t think that you are better than others. You are in the family of God because the Lord chose you to come.
You were invited and then you were able to attend. As to choice…well that takes us back to Augustine and Calvin.