The Purpose of our Privilege

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

As Christians we have received a high calling and great privileges. As the first part of the verse notes, we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation”, etc. But for what purpose have we received such privileges?  

The second part of the verse answers: “SO THAT (the purpose) YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM …”. God has brought us into His kingdom and given us these privileges so that we might proclaim His excellencies in the world —  in other words, that we might boast about and glorify Him.

If you are a Christian, you exist here on earth to proclaim the excellencies of God. Not your own excellencies. Not others’ glories: your favorite football team, your business, your grandkids, etc.  Although we can learn something about the nature of sharing about these other things, how we OUGHT to be proclaiming the excellencies of God: with that same spontaneity, and passion, which arises from real love and admiration. Let our hearts be as full of God as they are of these other things, and we will speak of Him like we do those things our hearts are full of now. There should be no “witnessing class” needed; the only thing required in order to witness effectively is a heart that is full of God!!

As a Christian, you have received some amazing privileges from your Heavenly Father. But those privileges also carry a weight of responsibility. God has called you, and blessed you, so that you might share His glory with the world. How well are you carrying out the purpose of your privilege?


About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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