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06/10/2014

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The Proclamation


"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light" (1 Pet.2;9).

Have you ever wondered just what your purpose or mission is in the Lord's kingdom? Sometimes I think that we can get bogged down by the enormity of being Christians. We may have these lingering doubts about whether or not we are doing enough... serving enough.... witnessing enough... Today's verse cuts right to the chase about our mission as Christians. When we become children of the Lord, He designates us as very special folks... "A chosen people.... a holy nation... A people belonging to God...." Isn't that an awesome thought? God has called us to be His special people and then He tells us what we're supposed to do... "that you may declare the praises of Him..." Our purpose and mission on earth as Christians is to declare (proclaim) the praises of Him. Now a salient question might be... Why? I told you that it is a wonderful verse, because the apostle Peter completes the thought... It is because He called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.... We don't have to be nuclear physicists to understand that the praises we are to proclaim are our passage from darkness to light. Peter even makes all of this more delicious to think about... "Once you were not my people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy" (V 10). We make The Proclamation by declaring the gospel of Christ. Some of us are able to do so with words of encouragement and all of us can do it by showing our faith through our deeds... It is a glorious mission, as we proclaim the praises of God by bringing to light the gospel of God....

Have a wonderful day... Do good... Give God the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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