How good does it feel to be chosen?  How good does it feel to be selected to represent your team, your county or even your country at competitive sport?  How good does it feel to be appointed to that job that you have always wanted?  How good does it feel to be promoted within your organisation?  How good does it feel when someone asks you to marry them?  How good does it feel to be chosen?  However wonderful all these experiences might be, they all pale into insignificance when compared with the all surpassing knowledge that we are called by God.  It is worth pausing at this point just to try and grapple with the enormity of what that means.  In the Gospel reading assigned for this week, Jesus tells his disciples that they are all special and chosen for a place in heaven.  He says that He is going ahead of them to prepare a room for each one of them and, by implication, for every one of us!  Jesus says, “There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place FOR YOU.

Throughout history, God’s people have trusted in God’s saving power.  The psalmist writes, “Rescue me…In your unfailing love, save me!”  This trust has been met with God’s assurance of salvation.  In the New Testament reading for this week, we encounter the story of Stephen’s stoning.  Before he passes through this temporary agony, God shows him His glory in the heavens as Stephen looks upward.  Stephen exclaims, “Look, I see the heavens opened.”  Opened for him.  In the epistle reading for this week, this sense of being chosen is beautifully captured by Peter: “You are a chosen people.  You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own possession.”

Once this terrible corona virus disease has been brought under control and life has returned to something more like normal, we will be chosen for jobs.  When we experience the thrill of being selected by someone for some important task, perhaps we can reflect on our higher calling.  God has chosen us for His Kingdom, for His work and His purposes for which we will ultimately receive our own room in heaven, prepared by Jesus.  Of course, we don’t have to wait until then to meditate upon this phenomenal promise.

New Testament reading for this week: Acts 7:55-60

Gospel reading for this week: John 14:1-14

Epistle reading for this week: 1 Peter 2:2-10

Psalm for this week: 31:1-5, 15-16