Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
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. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
(1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV))
This was written about the early church and it still applies today to the true church of Jesus Christ.
God has called us out of all types of darkness to be His people. He has called us, and is calling us, from every nation, every tribe and every tongue. We must remember this. Belonging to God through the grace and mercy given to us through Jesus Christ is not a yellow, white or black issue. It is not an American issue. It is not a male, female issue. It is a grace and mercy issue.
When Jesus calls us, we will not be surrounded by people who are exactly like us. We will be surrounded by the children of God who will come from everywhere. We are a chosen people, but the criteria for being chosen is not skin color or ethnicity. It is simply a matter of the heart. If we have heard God’s call upon our lives and have accepted grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, then we, and everyone else who answers the call, are part of the chosen people, the royal priesthood, the holy nation that belongs to God.
We must rejoice in our faith and not keep it for only those who are like us.