“God doesn’t choose us grudgingly. We are always first.” Pastor Mike, Sermon on July 30, 2006
“But you are the ones chosen by God,
chosen for the high calling of priestly work,
chosen to be a holy people,
God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him,
to tell others of the night-and-day difference He made for you—
from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”
I Peter 2: 9-10 The Message
“My dear boy, you must remember who you are…royalty…Act like it,” Prince Edward VIII’s father once said to the young Prince when misbehaving.
Are you, am I acting like royalty?
“Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” Philippians 3:16 NIV
But what have we attained, gained, achieved, come into possession of? Read I Peter 2:9 for an incomplete list:
Chosen status – We have been selected or marked for a special privilege.
Royal Priesthood – Each of us has a royal duty to minister to each other and a lost world. Pastor Mike and Pastor Bill aren’t the only ones who are ministers. We are all called to perform tasks unique to each one of us.
Holiness – “Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer, and perseverance (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:23, 24).”*
Belonging – What a comforting place to be, to know that we, that I, can never be snatched out of God’s hand by either my own actions, by my enemies, or by the greatest enemy Satan.
Job – We get to proclaim His wonderful deeds to a blind, thirsty, hungry, dying world.
So what do I do now?
The Amplified Bible amplifies (no surprise here) Philippians 3:16, “Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that.”
Indeed let each of us walk and order our lives in a way that shows we are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.”
I’ll help you. Will you help me?
Please share what you’ve been mulling over from Pastor’s sermon today.
*Easton, M. 1996, c1897. Easton’s Bible dictionary. Logos Research Systems, Inc.: Oak Harbor, WA