1 Peter says of those who are followers of Jesus, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
Please notice the phrase, “his own special people”. Israel played that role in the Old Testament days. In a world of Polytheism, they were to represent the true God. In a world of paganism, they were to represent the God or righteousness. In a world injustice, they were to represent the God of Justice and mercy. The Jewish people were referred to as God’s vine. See Psalm 80. But in so many ways they failed. When Jesus said in John 15 that he was the “true vine”, it was a statement that went right through the disciples. He was truly the one who accurately displayed the true God, for He himself was God in flesh. See John 1.14.
Now those who are His followers are to be His “own special people” on earth until they go home or He comes again. This week I spoke at a nursing home. A pleasant older man came up to the staff member of the nursing home and kissed her hand and said, “I love you.” She returned the comment and said, “Isn’t it wonderful that we can say we love each other?” Then this older gentleman looked at me and said to the staff member, “He is funny looking but I love him too.” What a cool guy!!! It was a fun moment. I don’t really know what he meant by the idea that I was “funny looking”. You can find a picture of me on this web site and see what you think. But, when a person lives like Jesus in this world they will not look like everyone else. I am honored to be one of “HIS own special people” by His grace and because of his work of redemption in my life. I want to stand out in my character as one who represents my savior.