Read Revelation 17
Focus on verse 12-14
I remember back in elementary school, at recess we would often play a team sport of some kind. In spring and fall it was usually football or baseball, in winter most often it was hockey sometimes on skates, often just with boots on. This sort of game required that we divide into teams, which was most often done by two of the older kids taking turns choosing from those who wanted to play. The first ones chosen were either the best players or the best friends of the ones doing the picking. The worst possible scenario was always to be the last one chosen.
In today’s reading John is told by an angel what some of the creatures he is seeing in the vision represent.
And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (v. 12-14)
Apparently ten kings will unite to join the beast in an epic battle against Jesus Christ and those who follow Him. This is a battle that we are told Jesus will win, and the beast and all those who have joined it will be destroyed. The phrase that caught my attention this time around was the description of those who are with the Lamb. They are “called and chosen and faithful”.
It was always a wonderful thing to be chosen first in the schoolyard as a child – it didn’t happen often to me, I learned to grateful for the days I was not chosen last. It is an even more wonderful thing to know that God has chosen us. I believe He calls and chooses every human being, but not all of us make the choice to accept His call. This call to accept His grace is not limited to missionaries and pastors. By way of vocation, one can be called to be an auto mechanic, a farmer, or a cookie taster for that matter. What is important is that we understand that He calls us a His children, and that we accept this call as being chosen by God to serve Him in whatever capacity He has chosen to us to serve.