1 Peter 2:4-10
Focused Text: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Those of us who have come to a genuine faith in Jesus have shed our old selves. We are no longer under the righteous judgment of God, but have been redeemed and given a new identity. Peter tells us in this passage that we are now, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession…” Yet he does not stop there.
After giving us a multi-faceted perspective on our new identity as prized possessions of God, Peter then gives us one particular action that we are now called to as a result. He tells us that our identities warrant a particular response—that we “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (2:9). Literally, we are to make known to others the incredible things God has done in our lives. We speak from our experiences with God. We speak to those who have not yet fully grasped God’s excellence.
Take some time to think or talk through the following questions with a view to applying the passage in your own life.
- What are some specific ways in which God has worked and is working in my life? How do they showcase his excellence?
- Who in my life that does not yet know God do I have the ability to share these things with in a fitting, relevant manner?
At our Crossing Campus in Pleasanton, our church family is going through a Sunday sermon series 1 Peter: The Sojourner’s Hope. (Audio sermons available online.)
We sincerely believe that the more we interact with and apply God’s Word, the greater impact it will have on our hearts and in our lives. Therefore, we encourage you to make use of these devotionals in your personal or family devotion times as well as small groups.
You can download the full devotional (16 weeks) on our church homepage or pick one up at our Information Desk on Sundays.