Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10
9But 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.
The church of Jesus is:
a chose race
a royal priesthood
a holy nation
a people for his own possession
For the purpose of: proclaiming the excellencies of Jesus — He called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
His mercy has made it so! Before His choosing we were not a people, but now by His choosing we have become His people.
When Jesus is larger in our minds than our racial profiles, our religious power plays, our self-righteous politics, and our pre-occupation with self-expression and validation, then the church will be what God intends. That’s how mercy works. Having been mercied by Jesus I can be realistic about the mess that I am and that we are. However, its His mercy that also lets me see Jesus with awesome admiration. Like, Peter in the boat after the miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5) we might be pressed to say, “Go away from me Lord I’m a sinful man.” However, then Jesus invites us in closer, “Do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching men.” Jesus’ marvelous light casts out the darkness and transforms our lives for His glory.
Heavenly Father have your way with me today. Jesus has been so merciful to me. You have included me in your people. I am yours. I am loved. Show me again today something admirable in Jesus Christ my Lord. May your truth and grace generate strength and courage to proclaim the many ways Jesus is excellent! AMEN.