1 Peter 2:9-12

Author

Joel King

Scripture

1 Peter 2:9-12

Observations

· Christians are chosen by the King to be his spiritual representatives set apart for kingdom work
· The main charge of a Christian is to speak loud and clear about how God brought them from darkness to light.
· Christians need to remember that before they were far from God and headed towards destruction, and now they have been chosen by God and have received His mercy.
· Peter reminds the Christians that they their allegiance is now to a different kingdom and that this world is not their real home
· Christians are supposed to run from the things of this world that are at odds with God’s kingdom to which they belong
· The Christians life should be a positive example. So much that even though the world might reject what the Christian stands for, they see the good the Christian does and have no choice but to be thankful for such people.

Application

· When I look in the mirror in the morning, I need to see first and foremost a child of the King who represents him to a watching world. Being a priest set apart for the glory of God is not just a future goal, it is who I am.
· My goals and efforts for this day should be to represent God well by serving and loving people in every way I can. They should see Jesus through me.
· I need to spend some time in this New Year and make sure my life’s ambitions and dreams really do reflect what’s best for God’s kingdom and not my own.

Prayer

Father,

Forgive me for living my life my way, and just inviting you in to those areas that I think I need you to make better. I often go about my daily tasks thinking only of how I can make my life better. Continue to open my eyes to what it means to advance Your kingdom and represent You well. Open up a door today that I might represent You to a watching world. I feel inadequate as Your representative, but I know it isn’t about me but Christ in me. Help me live by the power of the Holy Spirit. Develop in me a humble, loving spirit that will bless those around me today. May the world around me get a glimpse of your mercy and love through me.

By the power of and in the name of Jesus I pray, AMEN.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Bonnie Fields wrote:
"When I look in the mirror in the morning I need to see first and foremost a child of the King who needs to represent Him to a watching world." Help me do this, Lord. Thank you.

Tue, January 5, 2016 @ 8:48 AM

2. jim Asselin wrote:
I need to keep life and death close to me and not at arm's length. The reality that this world and its inhabitants are perishing is true in the leaves that fall from the trees, in the rust in metal, the rot in wood, the necessity to maintain things so that they remain usable and sound. In relationships, without effort, they dissolve. This all reminds me of God's great effort through creation and relationship to bring people to Himself for the case of life through his great love for us.
Lord, help me today as your representative not to indulge my ego at the expense of my soul, and not to lead others in that direction, but toward your plan and purpose today. For your will and kingdom. In Jesus name, amen.

Wed, January 6, 2016 @ 7:39 AM

3. jim Asselin wrote:
Regarding Matthew 5:21-24
This passage hits home, when I think about brother and sister literally. Often, the people closest to someone (family) are the ones who can inflict the greatest harm, they are the ones who have known you for years, closely, intimately. They are the ones who have "changed your diapers", seen you have fits, be dishonest....the list goes on. Family is often the hardest to reconcile with, but Jesus' charge to do our part in that is a form of worship. Reconciliation is part of God's plan, between man and God and between mankind. There is a submission of the will, a humbling, and an effort on our part to take action, step out in faith, and trust God, - even if we might get hurt, we trust God. Our willingness to make a move like that can be a public statement of faith, and who knows what God will do with it? I think it will make our worship to God and our offering more peaceful. Lord, make it so in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen

Thu, January 7, 2016 @ 7:25 AM

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