Royalty For A Reason

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But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

Read: Ezekiel 45:13 – 46:24, 1 Peter 1:13 – 2:10, Psalm 119:33-48, Proverbs 28:11

Relate: I don’t think I have ever heard a sermon coming out of 1 Peter 2:9 that does not focus on how special the Christian is. God has chosen you. He has made you a royal priesthood and a holy nation. Ninety percent (if not all) of the sermons from this portion of scripture will focus on these three things and perhaps at the end they will tack on the end of that verse. I can almost hear someone shouting out the first part of this, coughing through “so you can show others” and working back into a crescendo for that wonderful light.

React: We’re special, yes, we’re special, but that is not nearly the focus of this verse. We are a chosen people. The King James uses “peculiar” and this is one of the few times where the KJV actually fits better. In old English “peculiar” would usually mean owned. Webster still lists a sub definition of the word as “belonging exclusively to”. We are God’s possession and no one or anything else has any claim on us.

We are also a royal priesthood. A priest is one who acts as a spiritual intermediary. (See Hebrews 5) As a royal priesthood, we have direct access to God, yes, but that access is for a purpose. We bring the needs of the people to Him and the words of Him to the people. All too often we the church are speaking and acting in a manner that creates a wall between the lost and the Redeemer when God has called to be a bridge.

We are a holy nation (a different community). Even as we act as a bridge and an intercessor for the world, we are also to be different from them. All too often the difference we display is in our words but not in our actions. We condemn the world for its evil even as we struggle in the same mire. We proclaim a difference but we only display judgment and hypocrisy. This is not the different God has called us to. We are a city on a hill. We are to be a standard of purity and excellence that the world would aspire to emulate. The fact we are usually quite rightly seen as something to be avoided rather than emulated says far more about the church than it does the world.

Yes, there is greatness, but that greatness is not for us. It is through us. The thrust of 1 Peter 2:9 is not about us as an end but rather a means. The focus of Peter’s declaration is that very part I all too often hear glossed over or barely mentioned. The crux of this verse is, “As a result, you can show others the goodness of God.” So… what am I showing them?

Respond: 

Dear God,
Over and over again I need to learn the lesson that it is not all about me. Forgive me for this. Please, help me to keep the focus on You and keep my efforts centered on how I can present You to my world. I don’t want to be the end point for all You have blessed me with. I want to be a conduit. Let the richness of Your grace spill out of me to drench everyone I come in contact with. Let me understand that I am royalty for a reason. Help me to shine.
Amen

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7 thoughts on “Royalty For A Reason

  1. I appreciate the true reminder, ” it is through us” and not about us. Our actions will speak far louder than our words. Our society media continues to focus on the celebrity life which gives an impression that it must be about the individual and what they represent. Thank you for sharing your walk of faith and observations from your life!

  2. It reminds me of ““For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    Many love or focus on the first part of these verses, but stumble over the the last part.

  3. Yes we are royalty for a reason…sometimes we lose sight of what that reason is. To be the bridge as you say, not the barrier. We did not promote ourselves, we have nothing in ourselves to boast about or pride ourselves in except the exceptional, outrageous decision of God to elevate us into relationship with Him. Sometimes it is easier to focus on our status as God’s children than get close enough for others to see that we really don’t deserve it.

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