“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.” (9)
This chapter is tied to the truths laid out in chapter one. Our identity calls for action. Having the identity of a king, doesn’t just mean you sit around, on top of the pile. It implies you’ve got some governing to do.
Likewise, in these chapters, we are learning about our identity and its implications. Maybe these Gentiles had previous knowledge about the God of Israel, but knew they were outside of the story. This inclusion changes everything. More than becoming children of Abraham, we have become like the tribe of Levi, serving the LORD directly.
Chosen to be His. The wording is very passionate. Peter was a passionate guy, made in the image of a passionate God. Like a bride, chosen by a groom, are we. An understanding of that identity changes things.
It changes what we can endure, like being under various authorities. I can be compliant, knowing no one owns me, but my Love.
It changes how I treat others, humbly and with a desire for them to know Him too.
What might it change for you today?