But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give him praise. God brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Pet. 2:9 NIRV)
As children of God, we are commissioned to change the world around us. Yes, we have rights and privileges as His kids, but with rights come responsibility…
Watching “The Crown” on Netflix highlighted to me the huge obligation of service Queen Elizabeth II has given as a monarch. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase: ‘heavy is the head that wears the crown’.
Despite the onus the Father has placed on us as His ambassadors, we can hold our heads high. Whatever the Queen has faced, she has had to rise above the circumstances and act out of a place of identity. She is her father’s daughter and she was born for this.
You are born for this too. Why? Because God chose you from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). We have been called out of darkness and into His marvellous light (1 Pet. 2:9). Any child of God walking in their identity as a son or daughter of the King needs to be mindful of three key points from this passage in 1 Peter.
1. We are chosen
From the outset, I want to make it clear I am not making an argument for Calvinism or predestination here. Neither am I advocating Arminianism or the doctrine of free will. The Bible is clear we are both chosen and have free will. Why? Because from the foundation of the world, God foreknew us and chose us to love Him. The onus is on us to choose Him in return.
Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. (Eph. 1:4 AMPC, emphasis mine)
He chose us first:
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:16 NKJV)
Given we are chosen, is it not then important we discover our purpose and identity in Christ? Absolutely! We cannot be effective without walking in who we are as sons and daughters of the King.
In church recently, I saw a vision of the Father cradling us as children in His lap. The very God who spoke the universe into existence, breathed out stars and formed the earth is our heavenly Daddy. He has the voice of many waters (Ez. 43:2, Rev. 1:15; 19:6) and yet He speaks softly in our ear. I heard Him say, “You are Mine!” What an awesome thought. His voice is like thunder (trust me, I’ve heard it!), and yet He chooses to whisper to us so as not to scare us. To woo us. We are His precious, chosen children. Bask in this revelation today.
2. We are set apart for holiness
As 1 Peter 2:9 indicates, we need to walk in holiness because He has set us apart for this very purpose. Why is holiness so important? Because we have been called out of darkness into His marvellous light. Also, walking in holiness unlocks power in your life and makes us “useful” for the work of the kingdom.
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” (2 Tim. 2:19-21 NKJV, emphasis mine)
Holiness is a beautiful thing because it is a reflection of who He is (1 Pet. 1:16). If we want to be vessels of honour, prepared for every good work, then we must step into holiness.
Holiness only unlocks in our life when we pursue Him. We need to become fascinated with Him in the beauty of His holiness:
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! (Ps. 96:9a NKJV)
Holiness is not something we can ever hope to achieve without Christ. He is our mirror. We must look to Him and receive His holiness through faith. This power then outwardly transforms us into His image.
We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18 TPT, emphasis mine)
3. We are God’s earthly mediators between Him and humanity
We are agents of change on this earth. We are meant to manifest His kingdom.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10 NKJV)
God gave the earth into our dominion.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:26-28 NKJV, emphasis mine)
We lost our dominion when we surrendered it to Satan through sin. Thankfully, by the redeeming work of the cross of Christ, we have been given dominion and authority once again.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matt. 28:18-20 NKJV, emphasis mine)
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matt. 10:8 NKJV)
All believers are required to walk in this, not just full-time ministers of the gospel. We are all ‘ministers’ whatever our profession or occupation. Now before you say, “I can’t do that!”, let me remind you of Who lives in you. You are a child of God. The very creation is groaning in anticipation waiting for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God.
The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters! For against its will the universe itself has had to endure the empty futility resulting from the consequences of human sin. But now, with eager expectation, all creation longs for freedom from its slavery to decay and to experience with us the wonderful freedom coming to God’s children. To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation, as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth. And it’s not just creation. We who have already experienced the firstfruits of the Spirit also inwardly groan as we passionately long to experience our full status as God’s sons and daughters—including our physical bodies being transformed. (Rom. 8:19-23 TPT)
As sons and daughters of the King, we are royalty! With this title comes an awesome responsibility to be agents of change in our entire sphere of influence. We are called to step into His holiness as chosen children of God, adopted by His grace.
If you want to walk in the dominion He has for you, pray this prayer with me:
Daddy God, I thank You that You chose me from the foundation of the world. I thank You I belong to You and no one can snatch me out of Your hand (John 10:28). I choose today to walk in all You have for me. Help me to see You in the beauty of Your holiness. Sanctify and renew me. For You desire truth in the inward parts (Ps. 51:6). I pick up the tools You have placed in my hands and I wield them with the authority You have given me. I wage war with the weapons of the Spirit which are not carnal or fleshly but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4). I choose to renew my mind (Rom. 12:2) so I can walk in the fullness of the destiny and purpose You have called me to.
Lord, show me Your glory as I draw closer to You. Let this glory come and remain upon me. Let me be a carrier of Your glory so I may shift atmospheres wherever I go. Every place my foot treads, everything I possess I now claim for the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am declaring now I am a child of God and can manifest His kingdom in fullness. I bless every area where my foot treads. I bless every person I meet. I bless the ground where I dwell and command it to be fruitful and multiply. I take dominion over everything You have entrusted to my care, Daddy. I belong to You, now let me live for Your glory.
In the precious and matchless Name of Jesus–Name above all names! Amen.
Blessings in Christ,