A Chosen Generation:
"You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1st Pet. 2:9).
We usually focus on the first half of that verse but let’s take a moment to consider the second half. “that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
The Greek word translated "proclaim in the NKJV, is translated as “show forth” in the KJV. Both are translations of the same word in the original manuscript which means to “publish, and/or to celebrate". It refers to ‘spreading the news’ of something worth celebrating. “ Sharing the joy” in other words.
We are Ambassadors of God. As Christians, we are not only followers of Christ, but we are also ambassadors of God, having the great privilege of proclaiming what He has done for His people through Christ Jesus. Ambassadors of a nation, represent the nation’s power and capabilities to other countries. It would normally be an honor to represent the United States of America and it’s power and capabilities to other countries, (though I’m not sure what our ambassadors are representing under the Obama Administration). But normally an ambassador would “proclaim the excellencies” of the nation they represent.
We however, have the greater privilege of “publishing His excellencies far and wide to whoever will listen. We can rightly say “I wish to proclaim the power and capabilities of the living God, who has called me into His service - the One who always keeps His word, and has granted us marvelous blessings in this life, and even greater blessings in the life to come. “ What greater honor could there be than to proclaim the excellencies of “the One who has called us out of darkness into the light”?
Have a blessed day and let’s pray for the courage to represent the living God, with joy and integrity.