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.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV
One of the top news stories in the UK yesterday was that Harry and Meghan from the British royal family are stepping down from frontline royal duties (dubbed as “Megxit” by some!).
I’m not going to debate the perceived rights and wrongs of their decision, but simply to use it as an illustration of the Christian. After all, we’re described as a “royal” priesthood.
It seems that with Harry and Meghan, the media attention has got too much for them. In 1 Peter, persecution was getting too much for some believers in Jesus.
So what’s the answer for the Christian who’s tempted to “Chrexit” the faith? I think the verse I quoted at the start is helpful- to remember all our privileges as adopted children of the Most High God.
Meghan might have married into royalty, but we don’t get the full fruition of our spiritually royal status until eternity. We might have done nothing to deserve our spiritually royal status, but having been called into it we have to live up to our calling and live holy and godly lives.
If people mock us because of our unearned status, that’s one thing. But if people persecute us because of our standing as righteous people, then Jesus has promised us a reward in heaven.
If you came to faith under false pretences, that you thought you were going to be healthy, wealthy and happy, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
If on the other hand you cling to Christ despite illness, poverty and grief, then you are proving the genuineness of your faith, so rejoice that your name is written in heaven where you will one day be called home!