Saturday, January 16
Choose today to rest and reflect. In the Old Testament, royalty and priests had tremendous responsibility and corresponding authority. Priests had access to God in a way no one else did -- they were intermediaries between God and his people. When Peter uses the term "royal priesthood" (2:9), he is reminding his readers that they not only have responsibility, but also access. Through Jesus, they became priests, and entered an intimate relationship with God that previously had only been reserved for a select few. And as royalty, they were to carry that intimacy with authority into the world.
In the same way, you have been given authority and access. As you remind your soul that this world is not your home (2:11), and you gather together with God's people to form the spiritual house (2:5), you can rise up into your identity and live out your calling to share His love and grace with those around you.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are God’s chosen treasure -- priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world.