"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."
Sometimes I think we get so caught up in the past that we fail to remember that God has so much more in store for us as Christians. I love this passage it says that we are a chosen race, pointing toward the love that God has for us. We should live in that love. We are a royal priesthood. The priesthood was designed to serve God and the temple. When they had problems it was because they failed to do the service they were called to. The New Testament has the same expectation of service of the believer today. We need to find fulfillment in the service we are called to. We are also a holy nation and this points toward the expectation of obedience. The nation of Israel was only promised blessing as long as they were obedient to God. Jesus later said that if we love him we will prove it by obedience. Lastly we are a people for his own possession. This implies that we are set apart. It's the whole idea of something being holy. The vessels in the temple were holy and they were only intended to be used in a single purpose. Trouble fell upon those who used them in a vulgar manner. Just read Daniel 5 to see what happens to king who used them to party. We, as Christians, are not designed to fit in but to stand apart. Lastly, we have a new purpose as Christians. We are to "proclaim the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light." A pretty awesome calling!