Embracing The Pride of Ownership
“9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[l] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NLT
I recall going to places where special things are on display. At the Bishop Museum things that were relatively ordinary in their time is displayed, but it becomes special because it was used by special people.
I heard recently about some unusual items that sold for a lot of money recently. I read that when Scarlett Johansson (who will be the Black Widow in Avengers) went on the Jay Leno show in 2008 she was suffering from a runny nose. Leno handed her a tissue and she blew her nose into it. Somehow, the mucus filled piece of paper was sold online (of course after it was signed and sealed) and made $5,300 for a charity called USA Harvest. I also ready that back in 2007, when Brittney Spears had a meltdown and shaved her hair off, attacked cars, and abused photographers, apparently also spit out a wad of gum at somebody too. Somehow this was of used chewing gum hit eBay and was sold for $514! Someone even bought a sparkly glove that Michael Jackson used to wear in some of his music videos for $190,000! The point in sharing all of this is to drive home the point that we understand that common ordinary items gain value when they come under the ownership of special people.
That is the point that Peter is making when he writes 1 Peter 2:9. He describes the church and Christ followers as common ordinary people who gain great value because of whom come under the ownership of and whom they belong too. When speaking to the church Peter says, “9But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[l] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NLT
Peter identifies that Christians are a special people when they come under the ownership of the Christ. Because of Jesus Christ, the titles that once belonged only to Israel, no longer belonged to Israel alone. The titles “royal priests,” and “holy nation” were applied to Israel in Exodus 19:5-6, Deuteronomy 4:20, Deuteronomy 7:6, and in Isaiah 43:20-21. Now, everyone who was a Christ follower would be known as, “God’s very own possession.”
Peter goes on to mention that the purpose of these high privileges that Christians can now claim is not so that we can grow in pride or arrogance, but rather so that we can “show others the goodness of God…” We are not called “royal priests,” or a “holy nation” because we are so inherently good, but because we are now under new ownership. We are not “royal priests,” or a “holy nation” by our own merit, but by the grace of God. Peter, of all of the Apostles, understood what it meant to let God define who he was rather than being defined by who he was.
Holy Spirit thank You for taking me under Your ownership and making me into a royal priest, a holy nation, and Your very own possession. Amen.