1 Peter 2:9–10 (ESV) — 9” But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

MORNING: In verse nine, the Apostle Peter states that we are a chosen race. Let’s consider the two key words “chosen” and “race”. First, we are chosen. The Bible teaches that we did not choose God; He chose us. This is such a great comfort. God wanted us! If He chose us, then He will keep us safe in His hands for all eternity.

The word “race” means “those with a common life and descent”. We are united with all believers around the world, who have been born again into a common destiny. This morning, as we gather together for worship, let’s remind ourselves that together we are God’s chosen people. Together we are united in the same destiny, to live forever with each other and with Him.

“Father God, thank You for choosing me. I deserve only Your eternal wrath, but in Christ, You provided a way for me to have a relationship with You. Also, thank You for my church family. Together we are united in Christ, with one faith, one hope, one Lord. Help me to never take my church family and other believers around the world for granted. In Jesus name, amen.”