1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV) 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
The world is full of haters, is it not? We are called names, our beliefs are questioned, we are persecuted, the list goes on and on. With all the hatred that is cast upon us, sometimes it is hard to remember who we are. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people… Is that where we spend our days, do we live in that confidence, or do we allow the haters to hate? Chosen Generation Ephesians 1:3–4 offers a beautiful reminder… (3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love… He has chosen us to receive every spiritual blessing, He has made us holy and without blame, because of the great love He has for us. 1 John 4:19 offers... (19) We love Him because He first loved us… We love Him because He first loved us, what an amazing promise! A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation We are set apart from the world, we are royalty, we are holy. Only through the blood of Jesus. But In God’s eyes, we are indeed holy. What a great promise that you and I, could ever be thought of as holy. You and I who were once dead in sin, now through His sacrifice are considered to be holy. It is truly an amazing thing! His Own Special People What makes us special? Is it my ability to be good? No. Is it my ability to save people from sin? No. Is it my ability to stick to a diet? I just threw that one in there for fun, unfortunately, the answer to that is no as well. We are a special people not because of who we are or what we can or cannot do, we are special because of who we belong to… we are now children of God! Proclaim The Praises He has chosen us, He has made us royal and holy, we are special because of Him, we should spend the rest of our days proclaiming with praise! He reached down into the ugly existence of a life we had made for ourselves. He reached down past the sin that engulfed our lives. He picked us up out of all that and rinsed us clean… why wouldn’t we sing his praise? It reminds me of a video I saw a long time ago. I think it was a dish detergent commercial. Anyway, this duck had been a victim of an oil spill, it was covered in black oil. The duck just looked sad, sitting there in that filth. Then they used the dish detergent to clean him up and you could just see the excitement as he waddled happily away. God has washed away our dirty, filthy sin, we should look a lot like that duck waddling around in new life. From Darkness Into New Light We once lived in darkness, we did not know the Lord. Now, we live in new light. The question is, does the world see that we are living in a new light? Does the outside world recognize the inward change? There is no evangelism tool better than the new light we live in… it is about time we allow it to shine! Closing Thoughts: The Lord has made us a special people, the world must see that each and every day. 1 Timothy 2:3–4 (NKJV) 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.