Friday March 17
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 2; 4 - 12
Topic: Christian Identity And Destiny
A Politician was asked to fill a form in an Organization.
In the form, there was a space provided for him to indicate his religion, but he ignored it.
It was later discovered that he intentionally left it blank so that if a certain religious group would be wiped out in the future, he could be spared.
A Christian does not need to hide his identity and good works (v. 12) because s/he is chosen by God and precious in His Sight.
We are not supposed to be afraid of death because whosever lives and believes in Jesus Christ shall never die (John 11: 26)
In today's text, Peter reminds Christians that in contrast to the disobedient who are destined for destruction, they were a chosen people. He called Christians a holy nation and a royal priesthood (v. 9)
We are special people because God has kept us for Himself.
As Israel was a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God (Isa. 43: 20; Ex. 19: 6) so believers today are chosen, are priests, are holy and belong to God.
That's our identity.
God's purpose in choosing us for Himself is so that we may proclaim the praises of Him before others (v. 9) and to reign with Him eternally.
My God and my Father, help me to be consciously aware that "those who believe in Christ are precious but the disobedient are destined for destruction, if they do not repent," Amen.
Memory verse: 1 Peter 2: 9
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light"
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)