Daily Dose, Aug. 23 — Who Am I?

  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 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. (1 Peter 2:9-10) It happened again today. As I was checking out at the grocery store, I saw yet another headline on a magazine highlighting some facet of the British royal family. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t follow this news, so I can’t even tell you which member of the family this particular story was about. In the last year, the world watched as another young woman married into the British royal lineage. Have you ever stopped to think about what that experience must be like? When you become a member of that family, you very quickly realize that your actions aren’t just your own. Your words no longer represent just you. You are a part of something bigger, and everything you say and do casts some sort of light on the entire royal family. You’re continually under scrutiny. People even ask questions like, “Are they worthy to be a royal?” Being -- or becoming -- royalty is both a great privilege AND a great responsibility. As our reading for today reminds us, all of us who are connected to God through Christ have been made a part of the ultimate royal family! With that great privilege comes great responsibility as well. The Scripture says that we are a “royal priesthood.” One role of a priest is to represent God in the midst of the people. It’s our responsibility. It means that how we live each and every day is important, because it reflects God to the world. It’s not just about us, it’s about the royal family of which we’ve been made a part. Who am I? I’m a royal. And my King is the King of all Kings! Who are you? -- Rev. Brad Greene