The Elect of God
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God,
holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering…”
The “elect of God” reveal their call and election through their expression of Christ-like character. They bear unfeigned aspects of His heart and passion. In spiritual things, we are revealed by what we are, and what we are is expressed by what we do. In religious things, it is not necessary to have a connection between being and doing.
David breathed a prayer which was “after the heart of God”.
“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth:
unite my heart to fear thy name”
A united heart is an authentic heart; a heart full of the fear and wonder of the Lord. The inconsistencies of our being become united by the singularity of His rule within. Growth in Christ is revealed in the spontaneous flow of His nature into the world around us. The desire for a united heart is the affirmation of His Spirit at work within us.
The purpose of truth is to make us true. True to Him, true to one another, and true to the world around us.
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence
to make your calling and election sure…”
2 Peter 1:10