"But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now YOU ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY," (I Peter 2:9, 10).
* Did you realize that everyone is possessed? People are either controlled by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the boastful pride of life, or they have been bought with a price, the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are His possession. Each and every one who has been saved from hell is possessed by God. And we decide daily the degree to which we experience the joy of His ownership.
* What a comfort and a conviction to be called a people for God's own possession! Comforting to rest assured that we can never be lost from His love, never be forsaken during fearful trials. Convicting is the responsibility to walk in a manner worthy of the holy God who owns us.
* One of the most natural responses we make when shown great kindness is to tell someone about it. And the more possessed we are by God's Spirit, the greater our desire and determination to speak of His goodness.
For, our relationship to Jesus is personal, but not private.
When we say nothing for Christ, such silence is sin.