Who Am I?
On Sunday David led us on a reflection on the question ‘Who am I?’ This week we’re going to continue that, through meditating on 1 Peter 2:9, where Peter explores Who Am I?
On Sunday David led us on a reflection on the question ‘Who am I?’ This week we’re going to continue that, through meditating on 1 Peter 2:9, where Peter explores different facets of our identity.
1 Peter 2:9
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.
As Christians we make up a holy nation. It might be that you find this phrase a little uncomfortable – I wouldn’t be surprised with the current context we find ourselves in as a country, like others, as we grapple with the tensions around being a distinct nation yet a nation that seeks to collaborate with others. But what is behind this phrase, what is meant by the phrase ‘holy nation’? If you are part of a nation, you enjoy the benefits that that nation might offer you, but in return you are subject to its laws and culture; as Christians we may not have a distinct geographical identity but we’re called to follow God and embrace his culture wherever we find ourselves and whoever we’re with. ‘Holy’ might also be a difficult word, meaning to be be set apart. But this does not mean that we isolate ourselves from other or hold ourselves aloof. It’s like marriage where each spouse commits his or herself to the other – this is an exclusive relationship, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t relate to anyone else. Being ‘holy’ means we commit ourselves to God, and relate to others as people committed to him, from the context of that relationship.
Lord, how may my life today express to others that I am committed to you?