“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22
Reading this passage in Ephesians in my morning devotional time, it suddenly occurred to me that those of us who serve the Lord are part of something special. I have read this many times before, have heard more than one sermon preached from it, but today, I saw it in a new light.
We are special, not because of anything great we have accomplished, or because of any position we might have attained on earth. We are special because we have been chosen by God, adopted into His family. His sacrifice on Calvary purchased our redemption and allowed us to be part of the kingdom of God. His Holy Spirit abides within our heart, leading us and directing us in His will.
The Apostle Peter expressed it in I Peter 2:9-10 – “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Peter says we have been chosen for a special purpose, that we might show forth praise to the one who has chosen us. As the Lord’s special people our responsibility is to live a life that is pleasing in His sight so those around us will want to become part of His kingdom too.
There is no need for us to hang our heads and feel insignificant. We are part of something special – the Kingdom of God. As such we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ and one day will rule and reign with Him.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have chosen us, and are working on us to make us ready for your coming again.
Devotion by Anne Johnston