But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.1 Peter 2:9
I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded very often of who I am. I forget. I need scripture, I need people to remind me of my position in God’s kingdom. Why is it important for me to remember? Because if I don’t remember who I am, I get lost. Actually I forget God. I get distracted. I become self-absorbed and inwardly focused. I become deaf and blind to those that God has brought into my life.
What should I remember?
- I need to remember who God is. He is king and creator and He rules the kingdom He has allowed me to live in.
- I am chosen by God, uniquely me, as He knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
- I am righteousness because I have been bought with the blood of Jesus Christ, and He has given me His righteousness in exchange for my sins.
- I need to be current in my relationship with God, confessing sins, forgiving others, blessing God at all times, recognizing and receiving His gifts.
- I am God’s possession. He has things for me to do and He wants to use me, uniquely, to proclaim His excellencies through my life.
- I do not live in darkness. I have been transferred by Jesus into the kingdom of His light.
- I need to remember God’s power and sovereignty. I can pray, and He will hear and respond. He is capable and powerful enough to accomplish whatever is within His will.
Why is it important for me to remember?
- When I remember these truths, I am aligned with God to be sensitive to His promptings, being consciously available to Him wherever I am and whatever I am doing.
- Even when I am suffering, these truths are still true, and He still is at work in my life.
- I am a priest, worshiping God, blessing people, telling His words and His wonders.
- When I remember who I am, I am free to walk in the joy of salvation, seeing the beauty of God and His creation, sharing it with others, and living in fruitful relationship with God and my brothers and sisters.
As we move into the world, in Christ, we must practice hospitality as God calls us uniquely to do. He has created us with certain personalities and gifts. We live in a vast variety of situations. We are wise when we listen for what God has for us to do. Listen to Him and live in Him. He will show each of us where and how and when we go. What a comfort to be held by Him in this way.