READ : 1 Peter 2:9-12
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to
God. (v. 9 NIV)
A respected Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggeman, thinks the church suffers from
amnesia. We forget whose we are and how we got to be whose we are. And we minimize the
hope to which we’ve been called. It doesn’t stir our souls. We forget.
One reason we forget is that the demands of the immediate occupy us too much. Consider
an example. We live on a tiny planet in a universe so vast that the galaxy nearest to our
Milky Way is 4.5 million light years away. We dwell on a pale blue dot in a great ocean of
space. Yet our sense of astonishment and wonder is dimmed by fretting about moles that dig
up our backyard. We’re blinded by the immediate.
Peter tells us to take to heart not the vastness of space, but that the God of this
vast universe has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. We are “a chosen
people”; God has laid his hand on us. “A royal priesthood”; we have ready access to him.
“A holy nation”; we are united with millions of others under his rule. “A people belonging
to God”; he is our security and our glory.
To daily take these facts deep into our hearts will counteract the amnesia that threatens us. Remembering whose we are will give us the voice to declare his praises to all who would listen.
Dear God, may we ponder your grace to us ever anew. Amen.