But ye are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that ye may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of him Who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light – 1 Peter 2:9 (Amplified Bible).
There’re those who don’t believe that there’s anything significant about them; they love generality. They even say, “Let’s not behave as if we’re special.” They may even be Christians, and in the same church with you, and yet be asking, “Why are we acting as if we’re so special?” They don’t like it when we demonstrate or talk about our uniqueness.
Think about this: in Genesis 12:1, the Bible says, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.” This was one man who had a family, as well as relatives. But God spoke to him alone, and told him something no other person was privy to. Who was he going to tell about his instruction from the Lord? Who would believe him?
You can be sure that those in his day must have thought he was out of his mind, wondering, “How can he claim that God asked him to leave his father’s land and embark on a journey without a known destination?” But history shows us Abraham was right. Glory to God! That does begin to tell us something about the Abrahamic exceptionalism, of which we’re a part, because we’re the seed of Abraham. What’s exceptionalism?
Exceptionalism is the theory or idea that you’re uniquely different in some way; it could be as a nation or society, a movement, an institution, a family, even as an individual. And it connotes the idea of the supremacy of ideology, which means you hold that your beliefs and ideas are so important and superior to others, which therefore, inspires you to the responsibility of leadership.
Thus, as Christians, we know we’re special; we have the greatest and most sublime heritage. This idea motivates us to win souls, so others can become partakers of the same glorious inheritance, and citizens of our great spiritual nation. We’re different and should think and live accordingly.
For more, please read and study: Galatians 3:7; James 2:23; 1 Peter 2:9
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Dear Lord, my mindset is adjusted to think, talk and act in line with who I am—the seed of Abraham— one that’s been separated for glory and honour. I’m conscious that I’m uniquely different, because of God’s presence and glory in my life. Therefore, I’m triumphant always, reigning and winning in life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.