What makes a nation holy?

You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. -1Peter 2:9 NET

When I think of what it means to be holy, I do not think of religious behaviors or theological mumbo jumbo. William Barclay said that the fundamental meaning of "holy" is "different". I like that. Yet being" different" can create a significant challenge for most of us. I mean who really wants to buck the trends and societal norms. Just look at the life of Jesus.

He came with a very holy and different message. Extrapolating from his teachings, it would be fair to say that the holy nation that we are called to is one where we love and forgive our enemies. Our priesthood should be known as lovers of God and neighbors. Under divine governance, this light filled nation would showcase the goodness of God.

Help us Lord to live out our royal calling to be priests that showcase your goodness to the world.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.

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