During this time last year, I had returned from a Cru Intern training week and often found myself thinking and praying about 1 Peter 2:9. After spending time with so many people my age whom were committing one year or more to serve God in full-time ministry, I remember thinking that I had never felt more part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s special possession. It was AWESOME to worship God and read His Word alongside so many men and women whom were actively walking in His Spirit. What motivated me the most for our beginning weeks on college campuses was the desire for the experience of this verse to be true of the students’ lives. It’s like working full-time in God’s strength and power to make Heaven come sooner.
((But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9))
Barnes’ Notes on this verse states that the chosen people in this verse would be set apart to proclaim God’s glory and continually make known the wonderful things He has done through the following:
“(a) by proper ascriptions of praise to him in public, family, and social worship;
(b) by being always the avowed friends of God, ready ever to vindicate His government and ways;
(c) by endeavoring to make known His excellences to all those who are ignorant of Him; and,
(d) by such a life as shall constantly proclaim His praise – as the sun, the moon, the stars, the hills, the streams, the flowers do, showing what God does. The consistent life of a devoted Christian is a constant setting forth of the praise of God, showing to all that the God who has made him such is worthy to be loved.”
It’s exciting that the same God who formed the universe and each of us calls us into light. He calls us out of sin and shame, as well as, out of our ignorance. We were once rebels who did not understand God’s nature or our roles before Him. When we answer that call, it is important to know that we have been called TO something-called to be set apart for GOD’s purposes and called to declare His praises.
A final image I want to leave you with is one that struck me when reading Barnes’ Notes. When we imagine leaving darkness and entering marvelous light, we can picture how startling it would be for the day to go from midnight to noon. Imagine how surprised you would be by that change. Imagine how much more you could see. When God brings people into His light, the difference should be just as striking and how thrilling to experience the freedom that comes from truly seeing.