Who YOU are…
– It’s important to know that the “you” in this verse is plural, not singular. We too often think of our Christian faith as only a journey we travel with Jesus, but it is more, far more. It is also a journey we travel with Jesus’ people. The New Testament knows nothing of a Lone Ranger kind of Christian. We were born again into a born again community!
A CHOSEN RACE – “Chosen” is a term often used for Israel. They were a people God chose and a people He chose to bless (Deuteronomy 7:6). And in Ephesians 1:4, Paul says of believers that “He chose us in Him [that is in Christ] before the creation of the world.” This was not due to our worthiness but was by God’s grace alone. No matter how we feel, no matter what others think of us, no matter how maligned or even despised the church of Jesus may become, the truth is that we are chosen by God Himself.
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD – In the Old Testament, the monarchy and the priesthood were divided. Kings were to be descended from the line of David, the tribe of Benjamin. Priests were to be descended from the line of Aaron, the tribe of Levi. Each one had its unique roles in the life of God’s people. (See 1 Samuel 13:8-14 and 2 Chronicles 26:16-21)
In Jesus, all this was surpassed. Jesus is the great high priest after the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:17) and the promised King to sit on David’s throne (Luke 1:32, Revelation 19:11-16). We are a royal priesthood in the sense that we are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
A HOLY NATION – This, too, is terminology used in reference to Israel. They were not holy in the sense that they never erred and always responded perfectly to God’s desires for them. That notion would be dispelled with even a cursory reading of the Old Testament! In what sense, then, were they holy?
The term ‘holy’ means ‘set apart,’ and this is precisely who there were. God chose them and set them apart from the other nations. Many of the laws He gave to them were to distinguish them from the nations around them. And God has set us apart. As believers in His Son, we were chosen, called, and set apart by God Himself. Jesus calls us to follow Him, and in doing so our attitudes and lifestyles will be markedly different from the world around us – or at least they should be.
A PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN POSSESSION – In Deuteronomy 7:6, it refers to the people of God as God’s “treasured possession.” What a beautiful expression! We are God’s, and God delights in that. We bring joy to the heart of God, not because we are always good or perfect, but because we are His. Do we disappoint Him? Yes. But the fact remains that He loves us. He delights in us.
What YOU are called to do –
– We could have stopped with has just been said and go on feeling good about ourselves for the rest of the day. But God never intended us to be the fine china on display behind glass doors in the cabinet collecting dust – to be taken out and used only once a year. Instead, He chose us and calls us for a purpose – a glorious purpose.
TO PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES OF GOD – The one who “called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” is worthy of our praise – now and forever. We are to declare His praises in our worship, but we are also to proclaim His glory to the world in our witness.
Everyone is a creation of God, but not all are children of God. The Bible is clear that there is but one way into the holy presence of God, and that way is through faith in Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth, the Life, and the only Way to the Father (John 14:6). Jesus said, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14).
But God’s Word also tells us that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13). Have you trusted in Jesus? If not, today could be your day of salvation. Email me, and we’ll talk. firstname.lastname@example.org