February 20: Somebody With Something to Say

Read 1 Peter 2:1-12

Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be televised. If it’s anything like his brother’s wedding, millions of people around the world will watch. I, however, will not be one them. I don’t plan to witness the event on live television for likely the same reason many will. Beyond the fact that I am a guy and few guys would probably admit to watching, I also won’t watch because the wedding is out of my league. They are royal and I am common. But that same distinction creates an insatiable curiosity for others.

Whether we watch the wedding or not, most of us will never be part of the royal family, at least in terms of earthly kingdoms. But the words of 1 Peter 2:8 certainly describe us in terms that add a little “look out, I am somebody after all” attitude to our step. Here, Peter reminds Christ followers, “. . . you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God . . .” (v. 9a). Wow! The King of the Universe selected us! He calls us His own! We are part of the royal family.

Those are more than just cool titles. You see, we are not family members He scarcely claims because of embarrassment . . . but ones He empowers to serve and represent Him as priests. That is a privilege that postures us to “. . . declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (v. 9b). In other words, you are somebody with something to say!

Our challenge to share Jesus with people who don’t know Him is allowing us to obey biblical truth. As we extend a word of grace today, we have opportunity to speak words of praise about God. The New American Standard Bible says that we are to “proclaim the excellencies of Him.”  His “excellencies” are His virtues . . . those qualities about God that are inherent to His character. Perhaps today, you can tell someone about the faithfulness of God and illustrate it with a personal experience. Maybe you could talk about His love and point out how you have been unconditionally accepted by Him. You could possibly speak of His presence in your life and how that has brought you peace.

Don’t forget . . . you are somebody who has something to say!

sbk

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