First, notice the tenses in the phrase: “But ye are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation…” This doesn’t suggest something futuristic; it’s not a promise. It refers to who you are now! You’re a chosen race; you are dedicated to God. That means you are sanctified unto Him for glory and for beauty.  

You’re His peculiar treasure; plus that, you’re royalty. You’re born a king (Revelation 1:6). You belong in the royal family of the Monarch of the Universe. Walk in this consciousness. Kings reign; therefore, reign in life over the devil, sickness, disease, and the circumstances of life.

Our theme verse also says that we’re God’s own purchased, special people. He purchased us by the blood of Jesus (Acts 20:28), so that we may set forth His wonderful deeds and display His virtues and perfections. That staggers the mind! What a calling! It means we’re to exude and display divine excellence; we have the ability to do it.

What’s more? The Bible says He has called us into His marvelous, overwhelming light. This means we dwell in light; we’re children of light. Jesus also stated this in Matthew 5:14: “Ye are the light of the world…” What a blessing! What an honor! What a commission! What a calling! We’re the light of the world!

To get the full import of this truth, you have to first understand what light is. Light is that which makes manifest. Light describes. Ephesians 5:13 says, “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” In other words, light shows you what’s present. It leads you and gives direction. Light brings fulfillment and joy.

When you show up, darkness disappears. Darkness represents sin, sickness, death, evil, and all the negative things associated with Satan. Jesus said: “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Like Jesus, you’re the light of the world and have the light of life. You’ve been brought out of darkness into the supernatural life of glory. Arise and shine! Refuse to allow the works of darkness expression in your life, for there’s no darkness in your life.

Can you see why your life must be so full of excellence? Everything about you must reveal light, divine elegance, and beauty. There must be a decency of the Spirit about your life because you’re an ambassador of Christ.  

Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Don’t just shine; shine brightly. Let the intensity of your light dazzle and discomfit Satan, his demons, and the negative works of darkness. Let it inspire men to praise and glorify your heavenly Father, as they see and experience your good works – your works of righteousness.

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