I Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
In my reading about the life of C. S Lewis, the famous author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, I became fascinated with the life-long struggle he faced to believe in God. In his childhood, he had a vision of something bigger and more spacious than the world he was living in. Later, in his adolescence and early adult life, he actually dismissed any religious experience he had experienced in this vision. In fact, he walked away from anything Christian that he had been brought up to believe in. He kept being fascinated with his original vision and again longed for and sought joy and peace beyond the world he was living in. He began looking for a divine reality that was continually calling to him.
Isn’t this like all of us? We search for something that will make us happy and be full of joy. We search for things of this world that we think have the answer for us. We sometimes search for something more priceless than gold or silver like homes, cars, money, etc. But all these things do not fill us with the happiness and joy we need. They are the things of this world, destructible and worthless in the long run. Our hearts and souls are longing and searching for something not in this world. We are searching for something like Lewis saw in his vision – something bigger and more spacious than we have in this world, something eternal.
As I was meditating on the scripture from I Peter 2:9, I came to realize that this scripture is the answer to all of our longings and desires. God created us to desire him. He chose us from the beginning of time to be his priceless possessions, his masterpieces. Not all masterpieces are the same. Looking at different works of art, we see many different styles of paintings that are considered masterpieces. They do not all contain the same subjects, have the same colors or are liked by everyone. But, even though they are different, they are all masterpieces and serve as examples for others to follow. Each one of us has a different contribution to make in this world. We are extremely valuable simply because he made us! And, best of all, Jesus died for us and the Holy Spirit lives within us. Actually, doubting our value or worth is actually unbelief in his Word.
Jesus has chosen those who believe in his holy name to be his priceless works of art, unlike each other. We are to be his lights in this world to dispel the darkness all around us. We are his Holy people made to bring continual praises to him. We are not valuable because of the clothes we wear, the houses we live in, the cars we drive, or all the money and possessions we may have. These things are not valuable to him. What is valuable to him is our obedience to him and the praises we sing in his name. Doing good deeds and making good choices are like searching for riches. They do not make us valuable to God. What matters to him is doing good things because God made you to do these things that only you can do.
What if you don’t know what God wants you to do? Start with what you do know. Look again at the scripture in 1 Peter, 2:9. Ask him to show you the good things you were made to do. You are his masterpiece, made by him, and he will always lead and guide you in the direction you were designed to travel in. Only you can make the contribution to this world that God has uniquely and wonderfully made for you to do.
Thanks be to God for his continual calling to each one of us. Your Grateful Daughter.
All scripture is from the NIV version.
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