“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1Peter 2:9 NIV
Welcome to the 40th week of our devotional recap. This week we learned how to set ourselves apart, and about holiness, honour, giving and gratitude.
We kicked off the week learning how to set ourselves apart as believers. We learned that we have to cultivate a vibrant devotional life as one who is set apart and consecrated for God’s purpose. Not only that, but we reminded ourselves that our lives must reflect that we truly belong to Him (Romans 12:1).
On Tuesday, we were taught about holiness. We looked at how we became holy because we believe in God and have become His people; set apart to do His will (Hebrews 10:10-12). We concluded that we are not holy just because we do good works, but we do good works because we are holy.
On Wednesday, we studied honour and how important it is to honour our spiritual leaders. We learned that they are worthy of honor because they labor over us tirelessly and invest in us. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to value them (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). We can do this by showing reverence to them in communication and in attitude.
Furthermore, on Thursday, we examined giving and why we give as believers. How we give because we honour God and acknowledge Him as our source. We also learned that we give because we love people and we want more added to the kingdom daily, and how our giving is also a show of gratitude to the God who always supplies our needs.
We concluded the week by discussing gratitude. In this study, we learned that we should always be thankful for the gift of forgiveness and eternal life that we have in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Even if we feel we don’t have all that we need yet, we must remain thankful. As we rejoice in the face of challenges, they become smaller and God is exalted over them.
God has displayed His lavish love towards us by setting us apart and making us His own people, and in response we should continually remain grateful and revere Him and those whom He has given to us as leaders.
Bible Reading Plan: John 4: 27-42, 1 Peter 1:1-9, Ecclesiastes 10, Jeremiah 32-34