The People of God

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into the wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” These words come from the Apostle Peter in his first letter.

As the people of God, let us think as theologians. We cannot live well unless we know the person and purposes of our Creator, Savior, and Sovereign (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

As the people of God, let us have the passion of poets. The Scripture is full of nuance and imagery, requiring us to develop and use a sanctified imagination (Psalm 27:4).

As the people of God, let us have the desire of disciples. Ours is a lifetime of following and pursuing our Master/Teacher and seeking to know the truth of His words and ways (Isaiah 50:4-5).

As the people of God, let us manifest wisdom as witnesses. The Holy Spirit will guide us into opportunities to share the good news of the kingdom of God. He will teach us what to say and how and when to say it (I Peter 3:15).

As the people of God, let us have the importunity of intercessors. It is an imperative that we come consistently and boldly to God’s throne of grace and mercy, for others as well as for ourselves (Hebrews 4:16).

As the people of God, let us show the sensitivity of servants. We have the capacity to be alert to meeting the needs of others with intention, creativity, and compassion (I Corinthians 9-12-13).