By Timothy OBAFAIYE
Text: 1 Peter 2:7-10
Unto you therefore which believe, He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show 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.
This bible passage is talking about 2 kinds of people: those that accepted God and those that rejected him.
Verse 8 talks about what will happen to the people that have rejected God whilst verse 9 refers to the people who have accepted God.
For those that have rejected God as their cornerstone or pillar of their life, the bible says they will stumble, make errors in life and eventually fail in life.
I pray that we will not lose control of our lives and we will never be failures in Jesus name.
For those that have accepted God; God said they are a chosen people; a royal priesthood; holy nation; peculiar people, that they will be able to show the marvellous light of God even amongst darkness and evil.
Once they were ordinary people but God will make them extraordinary and make them to continually receive His mercy.
In the bible, there are lots of people who when they let God into their lives became extraordinary people.
In Genesis 12: 1-3 God told Abraham to leave his father’s house to go to a land which God said He would show him. Abraham left in obedience and at the time he had no child, but God made him a father of the holy nation of Israel and a spiritual father to all Christians.
David is another example of a person God promoted extraordinarily.
In 1 Samuel 16:1-13, God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to anoint the next king of Israel and God chose David even though he was the youngest of his father’s 8 sons.
He was also a young shepherd boy about the age of 17 and he was anointed to be king over the holy nation of Israel. David was also deemed a man after God’s own heart, he was a special possession of God.
I pray that we will be special instruments in God’s hands in Jesus name.
Samuel became a royal priest in Israel even though he came from a low background.
In I Samuel 1:10-17, Hannah prayed to God to have a son but instead God gave her a high priest. God made Samuel such a peculiar person that every word he spoke came to pass. He was also the person who anointed Saul and David the two first kings of Israel.
I Pray God will not ignore our prayers in Jesus name
In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gave us a parable about a rich man who rejected God and a poor man called Lazarus who accepted God.
The rich man didn’t acknowledge God, he only enjoyed his life on earth and later find himself in hell. Lazarus on the other hand was very poor here on earth, accepted God and after he died he was carried to the bosom of father Abraham in Paradise.
I pray we will never get carried away with the possessions we have on earth In Jesus name
In conclusion, how can one be among God’s special people?
Accept Jesus as your Lord Acts 9:3-6 (Saul accepted Jesus and became Paul – a special apostle of Christ to the whole world)
Pray to God to become one
1 Chronicles 4:10 (Jabez whose name meant sorrow, prayed to God to change his destiny and he became an honourable man).
3. Continue to honour God
1 Samuel 2:27-35 (Eli’s family didn’t honour God so God removed them from a position of honour and replaced them with someone else).
I pray God will never replace us in Jesus name
1. Father, give me the grace to continue to honour You.
2. Father let me be forever one of your special ones.
Thank you God bless you.
- By Timothy Obafaiye (Teens and Children’s day 09 March, 2014)