The People of God
Read 1 Peter 2:9–12
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Here, Peter describes Christians using words that had previously only been used to describe the people of Israel. This is because the church has received the same calling God gave to Israel—to be set apart among the nations as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. We are to—by our words, actions, and attitudes—show Christ to the world. In short, God has called Christians to be a light in the world and to live differently than non-Christians. Although sin wages war against our souls, as it does with all human beings, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us stand up to temptation and live out our calling.
- Consider your different social or professional circles. How do your words, actions, and attitudes reflect your relationship with Christ in those circles? In what ways do your words, actions, and attitudes reflect more of a worldly view?
- In what area of your life do you need more of the Holy Spirit’s help and power? What is your prayer?
- What is God seeking to draw your attention to through today’s passage?
God, thank You for the gift of being a part of Your chosen people. I long to be different, to stand up to the temptations of this world, and represent Christ well to those around me. Forgive me when I fail and give me the courage to persevere in the face of my own weaknesses. I need Your Spirit. Open me and humble me so that I can respond to Your work in me. Amen.
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