These last few months have witnessed the horrific murders of police officers in several different cities of the United States. Understandably, the police officers have expressed their concerns to their superiors and to each other. While some have brought up the subject of quitting, the vast majority are committed to remaining within the police force. As one officer stated to a news reporter, “You don’t choose this job, it chooses you!”
This poignant statement underscores the commitment and dedication of the brave men and women who daily place their lives on the line for our protection. It also reminds me that many view their job as a calling. My relationship with Jesus Christ is no different.
...even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will...
Ephesians 1:4-5 (ESV)
Everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior was chosen by God before this world even existed. The corollary to this is that there will be some who have not nor will not ever accept Jesus as their Savior. But God did not prevent them from accepting Him, for God does not want any to perish but for all to come to repentance and eternal life through Jesus Christ. God loves us but also leaves the decision to us to accept His gift of salvation.
Like our police officers who view their jobs as a calling, our life in Jesus Christ is a calling from God. God has chosen us so that we may share the Good News with others.
Our police officers need our prayers and support. But what is truly needed in this world is for our hearts to change, to turn and repent of our sins and place our trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The madness and horrors of these last few months are because of the darkness of sin in our hearts. And only Jesus can bring light and peace to fill the gap that separates us from God.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.