But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who call you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

As we dive into Jesus’ final speech to his disciples in the gospel of John this weekend, we find the lesson paired with this (relatively) famous passage from 1 Peter.

There are a lot of things we can say about what it means to be a follower of God. And this passage focuses on several of them: a called family, a noble ministry, a tribe set apart, God’s named and claimed beloved. These are all accurate descriptors of who Christ’s body on earth is meant to be.

Note that the most important thing about all of these captions is that they are plural.

God has called us together.

Though we may each have unique and essential gifts, though we may all be members of the body – we are meant to do this thing as one people.

This does not mean we have to agree on everything. If we did, it would be rather boring. What’s more, there would be no way to hold one another accountable when we fail to see a part of what God is placing before us.

What this does mean, however, is that our calling, our common purpose to serve God in this life is what binds us. It is more important than any of our differences. It helps us to lift up and celebrate our special gifts, because we are all seeking what God has set before us: a chance to work for the Kingdom.

So, yes, you are special. We are important. No more than anyone else, of course. But we have simply been set apart to live into Christ’s ministry on earth – serving all the world with love.

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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