KEY SCRIPTURE: 1Peter 2:9. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”:
Our key scripture is indeed an amazing one. It says we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation and a peculiar people. We are not yet going to be these things but we already are. You are a holy nation. This is all inclusive. It is not only the pastors who are holy or the elders alone, but everyone including that sinner who made Jesus his Lord today. In the light of what he has made us he tells us to show forth the praises of him who called us out of darkness, into His marvelous light.
How do we serve in Holiness? The answer is revealed in the statement, showing forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. To serve in holiness means the following:
1. Serving in gratitude. We were called out of darkness. We were indeed darkness but have been brought into His light. We are not just in his light but we are light. (Matt 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world….”) We have been made holy, not by ourselves but by His grace. We are a peculiar people, a special people with special privileges and authority. A royal priesthood. Not just ordinary priest, but kings who are priests. Our priesthood is with royalty! what an honor. We ought to feel very privileged and therefore serve in all gratitude. Apostle Paul says in 2nd Corinth 4:1 “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not”; It is a mercy God has shown to us.
2. Serving in His name. All that we do, must be done in His name and to His glory (Colossians 3:17). We do not do anything for ourselves. Anything done for ourselves does not have His approval. There would be no strive and competition among children of God when we know we are doing it for Him and to HIS glory. Do not preach to show how good you can preach or sing to show how good a singer you are. Any attraction we make towards ourselves is unholy. To Him alone belongs the glory, power, and the kingdom. Those who pray for people and push them down to show how anointed they are, are really joking. It is unholy, it is a sin. Holiness means, it is unto the Lord. If it is not for the Lord it is not holy. This has to do with our motive.
I have been shown great mercy and I’m very grateful to the Lord for it. All that I am and have is the Lord’s. I do all things to glorify His name. I live to please Him.
Colossians 3:17. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him”.
Deuteronomy 28:47 ,48. Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;