1 Peter 2:9–12 (ESV)
A Living Stone and a Holy People (Part 3)
9 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. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s
people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep
your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Verse 9 is a powerful verse. We
are a “chosen” race. We do not do the choosing, it is God who has chosen us. We are “a royal priesthood.” We are not called priest, but we are all part of the priesthood of all believers. Not everyone is a called
priest or pastor, yet we are all to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all “proclaimers” of His excellencies. As the scriptures state: 1 Cor. 12:28–31 (ESV) “And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second
prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with
tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.” At the same time, we are to keep our conduct honorable at all times.
I pray: O Lord, I come to you acknowledging that
I could do a better job in proclaiming your excellencies and how I behave. Help me to be a better witness through my proclamations, confessions, and my actions. Amen.