Our scripture today is 1 Peter 2:9-12.
“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. 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. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 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.”
Peter is my “poster boy” for following Jesus. He is an example of our humanness in faith. In his life we see some of the worst that could happen, denying Christ before His crucifixion, but also the inspired speaker in the second chapter of Acts.
Peter reminds us that we have all fallen, but that through God’s mercy we can repent and be forgiven. Even at our lowest point, God is there and He’s not finished with us yet. Just as God had a plan for Peter and a call to service, He has plans and work for all of us.
Peter writes that we are “a chosen people”, not that we should be proud but rather to go humbly as God’s representatives in the world. Jesus said we were to make disciples of all nations and Peter reminds us of that call. Let others see God’s light through You and share His love with everyone.
Dear Father, thank You for blessing us to be part of Your plan. Help us to spread the Good News around the world. Amen.