King James Version 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.
Amplified Version 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.
This verse seems very clear. We are a chosen generation. If you ask who chose us I would tell you that we are chosen by God Himself. The verse also says that we are a royal priesthood. So if we are chosen by God Himself, it would also make sense that God has anointed us a royal priesthood. God has set us aside as His own holy nation, His peculiar people. Peculiar means that we are strange, or odd, or unusual, but it also means that we are unfamiliar or unexpected. Peculiar also means that we belong exclusively to God. This should tell us that as Christians we should NOT be the regular, normal, expected type of people. We are set aside to be, different, unexpected. The amplified version emphasizes that we are purchased (obviously by the blood of Jesus), we are special. But more importantly the amplified version tells us that not only are we to show wonderful deeds but we are to DISPLAY the virtues and perfections of Him (God) who called us out of the darkness (dark places) and into His marvelous light.
When you stop and think about your present situations are you looking at them the way God sees them? Or are you looking at them through the darkened lens of the world. God makes it clear that we are called out of darkness and into HIS marvelous light. So when we look at our situations we should be looking at them through the light (through the light of redemption, the light of miracles, the light of new life, the light of daily grace and mercies, etc.) not through the darkened lens of this world. We should be seeing things the way God sees them and not the way the world tells us to see them. Seeing things the way God sees them can often be hard when the pressures of the world are weighing you down and you can only see the darkness of your surroundings and situations.
However, no matter what the situation may look like, God always has a plan. Jesus died that we may have life and life more abundantly. That means that no matter what it looks like, feels like, or appears to be ANY and ALL situations must be seen through the light of Christ in order to display God’s virtues and God’s perfection. It is not only a matter of having faith but also a matter of having EXPECTATION. We simply need to EXPECT God to shine light on our situations so that His perfections can be seen!
I recently moved. My former apartment, due to building and window placement was always dark. Surrounding buildings and blackout screens blocked the majority of the sunlight. This absence of sunlight over time proved to darken my mood and unwittingly effect my interactions with others (yes, even with God). However once I moved into the new place, which has an abundance of windows and direct sunlight, things started to look and feel differently. It is like having a new outlook on life. Did you know that the lack of sunlight can result in chemical changes in the brain that can lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness?
When faced with tough issues and situations get yourself into the sunlight which will help you see the SONlight.
You will be surprised how much better things look in the SONlight!
In Love & Light!
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