9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. — 1 Peter 2:9 NLT
What was/is God’s purpose in choosing us, making us royal priests, holy and special? God doesn’t need our abilities to accomplish His purpose. But He desires our availability to work with Him in bringing His plans to fulfillment. Could He do it without us? Yes, but He wants to fellowship with each of us. So, He paid the full price of our redemption. He sent Light into this world to push back the darkness. That Light was Jesus Christ. When we were in slavery to sin, we were nobodies, we were not a people. But God, in His great mercy chose us, picked us up, cleaned us inside and out and put His marvelous Light inside us. Once we become a child of God, we are no longer citizens of this world, we are aliens and foreigners here. But we still have to live here for a while. As long as we are here, our flesh will be tempted to do wrong. But we are to live a lifestyle that reflects the life of Jesus Christ so that He will receive glory. We are free from the flesh, but bound by God’s Holy Spirit. We will have troubles here but our response should be to rejoice forevermore. This will cause others to ask us what is the hope that lies in us and causes our joy. We should always have a ready answer for that question. That answer should always give glory to God and magnify the name of Jesus.
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. — 1 Thess. 5:16-18 NLT
1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name goes all the glory
for your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Our purpose while we are here on earth is to praise the Lord and to give all the glory to Him. Why does God deserve and expect all the praise? Because it is His “unfailing love and faithfulness” that has saved us and kept us safe this far. We have nothing else to offer God. There is nothing that God needs from us but He desires to hear our praises to Him and to fellowship with us at all times. Our God is the only true and living God. Others worship gods that are lifeless, unable to love and unable to communicate. Others have to go to their gods while our God is with us all the time. He is our foreguard, the One who goes before us. He is our armor and our present help, the One who provides for us and surrounds us with His love and protection. He is our rearguard, the One who washes away every stain from our past. He was with us in the past, He is with us now and is already ahead of us preparing the way. No religion has a god that can make such a claim. Our every thought, word and action should let the world know that “our God reigns” in majesty and in love. Our lifestyles should magnify His glory. As John the Baptist said, “we must decrease so that He can increase” in our lives.