This morning I was reading in Deuteronomy 14 and came across verse 2, which says, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the earth.” This verse was written to the nation of Israel about forty years after God rescued them out of Egypt. God desired for His people to live set apart and different from the pagan nations that surrounded them. To this end He wrote these verses. These verses give a WHY for how God wanted them to react to His Words. First off they were a people set apart to be holy to God. Holiness is referenced in the act of worshipping God many times in the Bible. Second, God mentions that out of all the people of the earth God chose them and they are his treasured possession. They did not choose Him but ultimately God chose them.
I love how the New Testament’s teachings coincide with what the Old Testament says. In 1 Peter 2:9 it says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
There is so much truth there we could spend all day talking about it. But please notice how this verse echoes the OT. We as Christians are a chosen people, a people who are to be holy, a people who are God’s possessions. This is who we are in Christ. We are loved, cherished, chose, bought with a price, drawn to a savior, set a part for Christ. So often we are caught up with what the world tells us who we are. We get caught up with popularity, friendships and the popular culture. We need to take a step back and stop letting the World tell us who we are and start letting God tell us who we are. For when we realize who we are in Christ and we embrace these truths, then we have freedom to live for Christ in a whole new way.
That we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness and into his marvelous, amazing, and saving light. What a grand privilege that we have as men and women who are in Christ.