By Marni Montanez
1 Peter 2:9 New Living Translation
You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, Godís 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. nation - a large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory
2. race a group of persons who come from the same ancestor
3. Priest - one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion
especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God
It is incredible to think that God who needs no one or nothing chose us. He looked upon our hearts and called us out of darkness into His wonderfully brilliant and all encompassing light. This is the light that draws us into revelation and awakens our hearts.
As a holy nation we belong to a culture that is designed to be different; handpicked by God Himself. We are one race of many and stand as agents of Godís character on earth. We walk in the footprints Jesus made for us and our relationship with Him manifests the attributes He has already given us.
We are given the high honor of declaring who God is; The mighty One.
As priests of the kingdom our duties are of the heart and not of the Old Testament sacrifice and rituals. Our sacrifice is our obedient and worshipful lifestyle which brings glory to God.
At one time it was the select few of appointed kings and priests who were the chosen, but now it is any who will bow the knee to our God and declare Him High and Holy. This is not a mystery. God saw our messiness and yet He still embraced us. We are no longer in bondage to the world. With our freedom we are responsible for walking in a position of love and authority. We have the power to be excellent and the privilege of being a part of the greatest plan that ever existed. Our destiny is in every footstep we take. When God accepted us into His Kingdom, He brought us into a time and place separate from this world and this life. We belong in the eternal.
We are created for holiness and what once was acceptable is on longer
acceptable. We are now of the light, owned by God, full of wisdom and
good fruit. God has granted us the right to become all that Jesus is;
royal, holy and light.
Challenge: Ask God to change your heart and to capture the thoughts of your mind. Ask God to mold and shape you into what He has already said that you areÖ..you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, Godís very own possession.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.