A Royal Priesthood

 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.

Everyone has an innate desire to feel special. Whether we admit it or not, we want to be seen as people of value. We want to know that there are people in our lives who are important to us that see us as something more than just another person. In other words, it is natural for each of us to yearn for a rich, positive evaluation by the people in life whom we deem most significant. We want to know that we are not only wanted, but also that we are precious. It is this knowledge that helps us to live from day to day. It is this reality by which most of us operate on a regular basis, whether we are honest enough to admit it or not.

The ultimate reality is that God has chosen us to be his people. He has affirmed his choice by way of the sacrifice of his Son on the cross. As difficult as it is to come to grips with, God has—in his infinite wisdom and love—chosen to accept us. And God’s “choosing” of us is in full recognition of all of our faults and foibles. He has, as Paul told the church in Ephesus, “predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” As a result of God’s love for us we find ourselves in a new status—we are no longer products of the world, but children of God.

Because of God’s great love for us, and his great work through Jesus on our behalf, we can do nothing but praise God and live for him. Consequently, we live each of our days in reverence and honor of God, solely because of his perfect, redeeming love for us.

–Ricky

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