February 21 – People of the Earth – Priestly Kingdom and a Holy Nation

Read Exodus 19:3-6

It didn’t take me long to realize,at 13 years old, that public schooling would be different than the private schooling I was so used to. I was very quickly baptized by fire into the language and attitude of the world. I heard words that I didn’t even know existed and I was never allowed to repeat. Jesus was nowhere near the central focus of people and those people would even curse at the name of Jesus.

As my education went on, I started slipping into the mix. It was getting harder and harder to tell that I was a Christ follower. Halfway through high school, I came to realize that the way I was living needed to change. I was put in that school for a reason and that was to show the light of Jesus to people, not to pull them farther down into the dark.

Exodus 19 contains a similar idea. God had just brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. God called their leader Moses saying that the nation was to be set apart as holy: “…you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Priests were often viewed as the most prominent figures in the ancient Israelite culture. They were set apart because they were the only people that could enter into the presence of God. God was calling the Israelites to no longer fit into the culture of the Egyptians but to stand out as a light among the nations. From then on, people were to view the nation of Israel as different than all the others.

In the same way, Romans 12:2 talks to us Christians and says how we, too, are to stand out as holy people. We are not to allow the influences of this world to take us away from the influence we can have through Christ. When people see us they should see Jesus. We should be set apart and there should be no question.

Are you living in a way that separates you from the pack? When people encounter you, do they question why they don’t have what you do? There are people in all walks of life that God has placed in our lives, from this nation or another, and they are hungry for change. Be that change for people, be that “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9-10).

Jake Lawson

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