“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, 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
This verse contains a very important promise from God – we are his possession. To some, this may sound like a bad thing, but to me it sounds like safety and peace.
I am so thankful that I belong to Christ! When everyone fails me, and when I fail myself, He remains constant and nothing can separate me from His love! (Romans 8:38)
As a result of us being set apart and belonging to Christ, we have been given a new mission and purpose. We have been called out of darkness into light, and we are now called to love others and show them the goodness of God.
How do we show them the goodness of God?
First, we love them. I read on social media that it is not our place to change people, we are simply called to love them. I can’t change someone’s mind, or make them have a relationship with God, but I can love them. I can forgive. I can have patience with them. I can sacrifice my time and energy to help them grow.
We must also be filled with Christ, so much so that others see him before they see us. Have you ever had someone approach you and tell you they sense something different about you? That’s God living on the inside, reflecting on the outside.
Sometimes we overthink and complicate simple things, I know I do, but God has slowly been revealing to me ways that I can show his goodness to others. How has he been speaking to you lately, and what are some ways that you can uniquely show his goodness?
God, I ask that you would lead me to someone today that is in need of you. Help me to listen to them, and make a connection so that I can show your goodness.