If you haven’t been with us the last few weeks, we are in a series called, “Chosen”. And in this series, we’re talking about our identity, answering the basics: Who are we? And why are we here? Peter said, “You are called by God Himself.” He has called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.
I think we humans love to chase this ideal of perfection or completeness. I’ve heard many brides talk about their wedding day being perfect. I’ve worked with kids who are trying to complete a perfect 4.0 GPA. Maybe you’re an artist and you are trying to write the perfect words to complete a song. We could go on with this, but for some reason, we take great joy in running to or experiencing completeness or perfection. But the truth is—and we all know this in our gut—nothing is perfect (except Jesus).
The apostle Peter said, “You are a chosen people. You are royal priests.” And our focus for today, Peter continued and said, “[You are] a holy nation.” And what does holy mean? Peter was saying that as followers of Jesus, you are so different. You are different from the world. You are different from the person that you used to be. Today we learn that after you start following Jesus, you are no longer the same. Instead, you are changed by God.