“But you are not like that [disobedient], for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9, NLT).
I have two kids, a boy and a girl. I didn’t get to choose them or anything about them, their genders, what they would look like, who they would be. They were gifts and I couldn’t have chosen better if I’d had the chance. They are both delightful young adults now and I love them dearly.
The Father of all did choose us. We are his children by choice. Even though this verse is directed at believers in some foreign provinces, who were at one time Gentiles, salvation is open to all. That’s how they became believers, after all. God’s chosen generation is not an exclusive club, though some have read this verse that way. God’s chosen includes everyone, because everyone is included in the forgiving work of the cross.