Something to Read: 1st Peter 2:9
“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.”
Something to Think:
This Sunday we are looking at being empowered by the Holy Spirit. After all, the Holy Spirit isn’t just wanting to be our friend and intimate with us—He wants to empower us so that we might bring his kingdom here on earth.
One of the ways we serve, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is living out the goodness we have received. We are children of God. Not only that, but we are royal priests to the living God. We have experienced his grace, love, forgiveness and redemption. We have experience the good news that is found in Jesus Christ. We have become God’s own possession.
I wonder how that is played out in your life? Because the title ‘Christian’ is a traditional title, it’s easy to call yourself a Christian, but is it something that is lived out in your life? There are huge groups of people who call themselves Christian, but they don’t have a relationship with God. They are not in relationship with the Holy Spirit. We might use a title like “nominal Christian”, or “Easter and Christmas Christian”. They believe that God is real, that Jesus redeems them, but they don’t have a personal relationship with him.
1st Peter calls us to something that is beyond this. He is calling us to live out the goodness of God. When we experience the working relationship of the Holy Spirit, it is difficult to not live a life that reflects God’s goodness. And that’s the call, to live a life knowing that we were called out of darkness into God’s light. We turned from death, to life in Christ. We turned from captivity to freedom.
That is God’s goodness and it’s a call placed on each of our lives to live. Knowing that we have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, it should be near on impossible to not live in that incredible blessing and to not show others that same blessing.
Something to Pray:
Loving God, help us to live in your goodness each day. May it be evident in how we treat others. May it be overflowing in our lives. May we also be aware of your goodness; don’t let it be something we forget or allow to go unnoticed, but something that brings us great joy. We pray all this in your holy name.
TODAY’S READINGS Exodus 15:1-12 and Acts 8:12-17 NIV