(I cannot believe more than two months have passed since my last post! Oh, well . . . I'm here, now, with musings from this morning's Bible study.)
According to the Apostle Peter (1 Peter 2:9-12 NIV), we who are called "Christians" or "Christ-followers" or "believers" or any other such term have become "a chosen people, a royal pristhood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God," for what purpose? To "declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light"(v. 10).
Now that we "have received mercy," we are to "live such good lives . . . that, although they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day that he visits us" (v.12)
Of course, obeying Peter's commands laid out in v. 11--not to mention all the commands of Jesus, Himself--is critical to our living in such a way as to bring glory to God.
For whatever time I maintain my Facebook account, whether another week or two, or x years, my desire is to declare His praises, not only by posting blessings, answers to prayer (mine or anyone else's), and other uplifting posts (as opposed to some I have left in the past), but by lifting up efforts "to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19*).
*Jesus, of course, was reading from the scroll of Isaiah 61:1-2:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengenance of our God, to comfort all who mourn. . . . "
And, if I may (I may!), to "release children from poverty in Jesus' name," (taken from Compassion's logo).
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