“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Why are we here? Many of you know the old catechism question that asks why God created man and woman, and its corresponding answer that says He created them for His glory. So we are here, on earth, for the purpose of glorifying God.
But why are we chosen? Why did He look down from heaven and select you and me to be His children?
It certainly wasn’t for anything we could offer Him. All our good works are like filthy refuse in His sight. We have nothing within ourselves of which we should boast; all we are is of Him. So why did He choose us?
Peter shares the answer to this question. We are chosen, in order that we might “proclaim the excellencies” of God. We are chosen, in order that we might proclaim to the world the greatness of our God, He who plucked us from darkness and death, and grafted us into life with Him and light everlasting.
Because we are chosen, we are to proclaim His greatness, no matter where we may be. I am to proclaim His greatness within my home and on my blog. You may be called to do the same, or perhaps to share God’s glories as you go to work Monday through Friday. We are to proclaim God’s character as we meet with other believers for worship and fellowship. We are to proclaim His greatness to our unsaved loved ones, those who don’t know Him personally. We are to proclaim His greatness even to ourselves, reminding ourselves of His glory and goodness, singing and praising Him in our hearts and our minds.
If you have been chosen to follow Christ, to love Him with all your heart and soul and mind, to obey His every command, then you have been chosen to proclaim His excellence. Are you fulfilling that purpose?