“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (I Peter 2:9-10)
How can we live as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, as God’s own people during this COVID 19 thing?
-We can know that we are chosen By God. God’s love for us, our status as one of God’s own doesn’t change even though for some of us, life has really changed. Even for the folks who used to work from home and for the folks who continue to work outside the home, things have changed and we don’t know when they will head toward whatever our new normal will be. Perhaps, though, this time of shelter-in-place has even hurt your identity or the way that you think about yourself. We are used to being productive and to do measurable work. Given that we are not producing in the old ways-can you still grab onto this idea? The idea that we ARE chose, part of God’s royal priesthood.
-Many who read these verses think “I am not a priest”, but the Biblical understanding of a priest is someone who is the go-between for people and God. We have the great privilege of bridging the gap for those who do not yet know their sacred value as God’s chosen. How do we do this? Mostly in prayer. Who are you praying for today? Can you choose someone you know and pray for them daily until we emerge from the shelter-in-place order?
-Remember that all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. And each of us has received mercy. How can you extend mercy? How can you be a blessing to someone even when socially distancing?
Please know that all of you are in my prayers-and I thank God for the ways that you are navigating this uncertain time.