Don’t some portions of Scripture speak to us more powerfully and poignantly than others? Not that there any that are of less importance (surely we know one another better than that by now), but aren’t there some sections of the Bible that are exceptionally meaningful? Out of experience, out of grief, out of triumph, aren’t there texts within the text that speak to our hearts and give life to the reality that God’s Word is living and active?
1 Peter 2:9 is one of my favorite verses in Scripture. I have probably spoken it more often and gravitated toward it in my teaching and preaching and in everyday conversations even more than Romans 12 or John 1 or Ephesians 3 (which is saying something!).
The Apostle Peter affirms, “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 His wonderful light.” We are a “chosen people.” We are chosen by God. He chooses to love. He chooses to redeem. He chooses to forgive. He chooses to adopt. God chooses. We are a “royal priesthood.” We come to Him with nothing but our sin, and yet, He elevates us to the status of royalty in His Kingdom. In doing so we are called to be priests. We are those who stand in the gap between God and the world around us. We are “a people belonging to God.” Literally, in the Greek, “A people chosen for possession.” Our purpose, our meaning, our identity is enveloped in Him and in who we are because of Him. So that we “may declare the praises of the One who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.” For me, each phrase of 1 Peter 2:9 is an arrival. And speaks to me in a very challenging, and yet also, comforting way.
What are your anchor verses? What are Scriptures that you run to? Texts that empower you? Comfort you? Words from our Father that you gravitate toward? Words that are more than words, because they are living and active and speak to your heart?
Glory to God!