“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)
Today, we have a clientele of believers who do not understand the purpose of salvation. Yes, salvation is free. It is God’s gift to mankind. But it came at a cost: Christ’s death. And his death was not in vain. If God’s singular intention for you was to get you saved, then he would have called you to heaven immediately after you got born again. You then would have no business being here on earth. But he has not done that and there’s a reason.
From our scripture today, Peter writes that as believers, we are a chosen, royal, holy, and peculiar people. But the important question is, “for what”? What have I been chosen for? Why has God, in his wisdom, separated me from the pack? Child of God, there’s a reason! God is a God of plan, purpose and objectivity. There is a purpose for everything he does! The continuing part of that verse spells out this plan clearly. You have been chosen so “that ye should SHEW FORTH the praises of him…” Did you see that? You are called out to be God’s Ambassador on earth!
As God’s ambassador here on earth, there’s a standard that he expects of you. Your lifestyle, conduct, language, and actions must conform to his identity. Just like in the natural, an ambassador of a country is an official envoy and the highest-ranking diplomat that represents his country in a foreign land. By reason of his appointment, he is duty-bound to protect the interest of his country, and should at every point portray his country of origin in good light, through his lifestyle, words, actions and general conduct. In the same vein, as a believer, you are duty-bound, irrespective of where you find yourself, to be a good representative of God’s kingdom.
Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20, 1 Peter 2:9-10
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 137-139; Evening- 1 Corinthians 13