“There are sixty queens and eighty concubines and virgins without number. My dove, my undefiled, is but one. She is the only one of her mother. She is the choice one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, yes, the queens and the concubines and they praised her.” vs8-9
The believer is the most fortunate and blessed person in the world. He has God in Christ, salvation from eternal damnation, and he’ll live forever. There’s only ONE PRIVILEGE that matters in this world: it is being saved.
Do not count what you don’t have, idolatrously, but count what you do have, even the unsearchable riches, and rejoice. It is difficult because we crave the world and things that can be seen – fame, applause, ease, marriage, riches – and people give themselves to these pleasures. “But the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful (Mark 4:19).” It is a challenge to keep the heart, but we must recognize that the unseen things are real, and everything else is perishing and fading away. Give yourself to the invisible by repentant faith, and live in the light of privilege.
Only a few are chosen! Yes, God bids all to Christ, even the murderers of the Lord, but He only saves a remnant. Rom 11:7, “What then? Israel did not find what it was looking for, but the elect did find it. The rest were hardened.” The chosen race are those who escape wrath (1 Pet 2:9). It doesn’t matter what other privilege you have: If you don’t have Christ’s grace, then you don’t have anything but everlasting burnings (Isa 33:14). You are lost, depraved, and you can’t get to God on your own. Thus, it is the greatest blessing to be bought by blood and redeemed by Christ. To have your sins paid, to have God no longer angry, and to spend eternity in Paradise is higher than everything else imagined. You have nothing if you don’t have God, and everything if you do.
Look to the unseen things and receive joy. Count on God to make you happy by the invisible. Repent and come to Him in faith for the contentment promised. Don’t think it is a lie, and you need the world, but give thanks for everything by faith. “For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving (1 Tim 4:4).” Look to Christ for your Chief Treasure, and value Him constantly.
Hannah couldn’t have a child, until she consecrated him to the Lord. Then, He blessed her, and it is so with us. “Making a vow, she pleaded, ‘LORD of Hosts, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son, I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut (1 Sam 1:11).” We bear fruit after we’re desperate that He be glorified. We no longer want the fame and applause, and we’re willing to SERVE Christ with our gifts. This comes from counting Christ precious and being filled with Him. Then, you’re able to give up the world.
Brothers, don’t let privilege be prideful! Just because you know God, and as one man told me, “have your doctrine right, straight, and orthodox”, doesn’t mean you’re not in extreme danger. Many a soul has CONFESSED MORE THAN YOU, and yet ended up swallowed by the world, going back like pigs to the mud or like dogs to vomit (2 Pet 2:22). They started strong but couldn’t finish because “the world got’em”, as one pastor said. They get swallowed up by cares, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pride of grace.
Yes, grace makes us proud when not received in the Spirit; it is the disease of Corinth, where you know much and love little, where you hoot and holler but have no true worship and Spirit power. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power (1 Cor 4:20).” True worship will make you humble! It won’t make you content that your neighbor perishes, but you’ll live to build the Church, which is most important, or you’re out of order (Matt 24:49). Yes, you’re special, but true specialness is expressed in love, and any other consideration is false. It’s not what you know but what you live by, not what you can argue about, but what you’ll suffer for with joy. The gospel is God’s power, and it is not something the flesh can praise. Praise is a true manifestation of the Spirit.
You have been blessed to be special: Recognize it.