But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10
Remember the days of gym class in elementary and middle school when the PE teacher would decide what game the class was going to play? Then he/she would pick a captain to choose the two opposing teams. Then, if you were not the captain of one of the teams, you’d wait anxiously hoping to be picked next. Kids would beg and plead, “Pick me…pick me”. Selection after selection the captain and a few of their key friends would choose their best buddies to be together and if you were not “in the club”, you would continue to wait. You knew that you would end up on a team because eventually there were no further choices.
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter that we don’t have to wait anxiously and fret over being picked. We are chosen! God loves you and desired a relationship with you before the world began. He knew that you and I would desire other things and not Him, but He chose us anyway. He wants you to be on His “team”.
As a chosen people, Peter tells us that we are a priesthood. That is powerful! We have direct access to God through His Son, Jesus. We don’t need to go to or through anyone to meet with God. He provided the way and He desires that we spend time with Him and bring our needs and the needs of others directly to Him in prayer. What a privilege we have as God’s ambassadors.
Peter continues to describe our relationship as children of God. We are to be holy. Not in and of ourselves, but because of Jesus in us, we are “set apart”. We are set apart for something special. God desires that we live a pure life and Peter says that we are “God’s possession”. We are part of the family and must represent the One that we say that we follow to the world.
Our relationship in the family [chosen, priestly, and holy] does not put us in a position to boast or make us somebody. Rather, as a part of the body, we are set up as we follow Christ and become more like Him to “to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light”. We are to point others to Jesus as we live as He commands us to live and as we live out our faith for others to see.
We were “chosen” by God and have received His mercy [He didn’t give us what we deserved] so that others may know Him too. There are people who we know and God has placed in our lives who are longing to be part of something and would say, “Pick me”. God has given us a huge privilege and responsibility in their lives. Our friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors should have an advantage in “joining the team” and coming to know Jesus.
God, thank you for choosing me when I chose other things. Thank you for Jesus! God help me to understand who I am and what I possess because of your forgiveness. Help me to intercede for myself and for others and help me focus on You. May my life be a witness and testimony to who You are so that others would be drawn to You and receive grace and mercy as I have. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Next Steps Pastor
First Baptist Broken Arrow