1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Years ago one of our friends named Ric was a pastor of a small church in West Virginia. A pastor friend of his came to the church for some meetings. As I recall, when the friend first arrived Ric and some of the members were showing him the church building where the meetings would be. It was then that the friend spotted the little organ.
The church happened to have a small Hammond organ that had been there for years and the people didn’t think much about it. Well, Ric’s friend happened to also be an amazing pianist. Right then and there he sat down at that little organ and the music that came forth was beyond anything the members of that church had ever dreamed off.
They were stunned and amazed to realize that what they were hearing was coming from their ‘little Hammond organ’! They had no idea that it was capable of such magnificent beauty and power. Yes, the friend was a great musician, but this was coming from their little nondescript organ.
Let me borrow from CS Lewis a bit. Suppose that little organ was alive and could talk like the animals and trees in Narnia. My guess is that it would have been as stunned as those listening. I can just see this little talking organ incredulously asking Ric’s friend when he finished, “How did you do that?!!!” It had no idea what it was capable of until played by a master. From that day forward, its whole world changed.
Today’s verse is not to intimidate but to inspire. It is to thrill us with the glorious beauty of who we are and get to be. Because of Jesus and our response in faith to Him, we are “…[God’s] own purchased, special people,…”.
Just as this little organ was the source of stunningly beautiful music when played by a master, so are we. God wants each of us to understand that He is the ‘master musician’ in our lives. He desires, “…that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (Amplified)
It is absolutely amazing what He can accomplish in and through us when we commit ourselves to Him. We must understand who we are and what our destiny is from His perspective, not ours. We are not to be content with mediocrity. Because of Him, we are capable of excellence – and He is holding us accountable for it.