But you are a chosen people, a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.2 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
This passage tells me a lot about how God sees each of us.
The apostle Peter reminds us of who those scattered believers and we, as God’s people, are. God chose each of us to belong to Him. He made us His children, children of the King. He did these things so that we would share our praise of Him with others. We do this sometimes. Mostly we keep those praises to ourselves. We find excuses for our behavior: “They wouldn’t understand.” “They don’t care about God.” “They don’t care about me.”
a chosen people,
God himself chose each of us to carry His word to those around us.
a royal Priesthood,
God has made us joint heirs with Jesus. We belong to Him. God wants us to tell His Good News to those who are hurting in this fallen world.
a people belonging to God,
God deemed us as His when He created us. He claimed us for His own.
that you may declare the praises,
Do we give praise to God every day? Do we reflect on our day and realize that we have things happen that we can praise Him for, even during troublesome times?
called you …into his wonderful light.
When God calls us, does He not take us from a dark sinful world and place us in His world, one where we have no fear?