Just musing here ... an election is the will of a person to choose or to be chosen (as per the definition above).
I am literally amazed about how bent out of shape a person can get over what is wanted and what is chosen.
I am much more amazed at how NOT bent out of shape some folks get over not making, as the scriptures state, their callings and elections sure in God as the scriptures below state.
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:10-11 (Source: Bible - King James Version)
Consider from where the terms "call", as in, "calling", as well as "sure" come ...
Origins of SURE
I wonder ... if a person put as much time into telling others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, how would all that person's selections in elections go after that? Right? :)
On a theological note ... I have been in Christianity for nearly 50 years, and I have come across some folks here and there who read the Bible in such a way as to come up with the teaching that God "elects" or "chooses" some people to go to Heaven forever and others to go to Hell forever.
In my opinion, this is a false teaching.
God has stated to Moses that he is both gracious and merciful but by choice; not by law. If our actions were predestined, then he would have no need to choose to be gracious or merciful after the fact. What would be ... would be ... what is.
There is a problem with modern USA theology. The idea is that both mercy and grace are basically the same thing. The truth is ... if they were the same thing, then God would not have specified them as being different in the following:
Exodus 33:18-19 "And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy."
God being gracious as well as being merciful are his choices which depend on our actions. Depending on what we do, he is gracious or he is merciful.
By default, God is merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
"And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." Exodus 34:5-7 (Source: Bible - King James Version)
So God has a plan for each of our lives. In that, he has chosen what his will is for each of our lives. However, we each have our own wills, and others who would otherwise control us or kill us also have wills which can and do effect our own wills as well as God's.
Jesus once prayed, in what is known as "The Lord's Prayer", "... your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" From that context, I teach that God has his will, but Jesus would not have stated for his own desire to be that God's will be done on earth as well as it is done in heaven if God's will is already done on Earth. This is because if God's will is always done on earth, then Jesus had no need to mention that in his prayer.
But, yes, God does "elect" or "choose" according to his own will what he wills to happen in each of our own lives.
And, yet again, there are some folks who also teach that all that is happening now ... God has already predestined to happen. Then there are others who also teach that all that is happening now has already happened and that we are simply catching up to the end.
It gets confusing doesn't it? It gets confusing trying to keep up with the spins on the scriptures and the spins on the theories.
In order to make your calling and election sure, the key is to talk to God and have a relationship with him. Be honest, open, transparent, willing, desirous of his input into your life, listen as well as talk, and most of all do what you hear him telling you to do. That "hearing" could be a leading thought (a thought that leads you into an action). Do it! Trust the Lord! Walk with him!