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Thursday, April 10, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Peter 2:9-10(NIV)
9But 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. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
What a motley "people" we are. Just from my e-mail contacts, I've got siblings in Christ in Canada, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Haiti, the UK and Spain. That's just a small assortment of the people God has brought to Himself. It almost goes without saying that the Kingdom of God transcends nationality. Almost. Often, a mission emphasis wants to make converts into little Americans (or whatever the missionary's home country is). God made that collect of people of different languages and different skin tones into a holy nation. This might come a bit easy to Americans, who (even when they occasionally revert to Northern European biases) understand that being an American isn't a racial concept. The Kingdom doesn't have a preferred skin tone, either. All of us were called out the darkness. That might seem a bit dramatic, but none of our native cultures points directly at God. Whether you are an animist in the developing south or walk the skyscraper jungles of New York, your culture isn't going to bring you to Jesus. It's God who does the calling. However, as believers, we're part of God's voice, aiding Him in calling new people to Him. Declaring His praises is part of our ongoing task.

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