S (Scripture): 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.
O (Observation): Peter is reminding other Jesus-followers that their call is to be set apart from the rest of the world, while living in the world. The Christian faith is extremely young at this point. People are not sure what direction to go. Peter gives them encouragement and a sense of identity: a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own.
A (Application): I’m a father to a middle school boy. To say that image is important to him is an extreme understatement. I never had that problem when I was younger. I was in full on “dork mode” for most of my middle and high school years. Yes, I cared about image, but I couldn’t do anything about my image even if I wanted to – I just didn’t have style (and some say I still don’t : )
I try to remind my son, and everyone I talk with, that God’s image is the image into which we are created. Our image is also shaped by the fact that we become part of the body of Christ through our baptism. As part of the body of Christ, we start to see that we are part of a royal priesthood….not forprivilege and not because we deserve that designation…but because God declares it so.
Is image everything? In a sense, yes. Not our worldly image, but our image as God sees us: redeemed and made holy, for good works in this world.
How are you reconciling your image in the eyes of the world with God’s image of you?
P (Prayer): Lord…thanks for putting up with us, and for having enough of a sense of humor as to use goof-ups like me and those I serve as members of your royal priesthood : ) Amen.