Election as a Personal Challenge
“God chooses individuals. He calls them, taking them out of the common mass. What does this special treatment mean? It means, of course, that the fathers are singled out, as Israel will be later, and crowned “with glory and honour” (Ps. 8:5). God can even call Abraham “my friend” (Isa. 41:8). But that is not the end of the divine purpose in election. The fathers are not chosen merely to enjoy the gifts of God in their own family circle. In choosing them, God sets them on the move, both physically and spiritually. They are so pushed and challenged that they are always en route.“
I really enjoyed this quote from Christoph Barth’s God With Us. It shows somewhat the plight of the Christian life, once we have entered the Kingdom. We will always be moving towards something. Always on the move. Not only will we be in this transition, but we will be challenged in the midst of it. It’s not really what we want to imagine. It’s not the easy path. But it is what we have been chosen for.