Saved to Proclaim
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
I’ll never be an overseas missionary, a Philip Yancey, or Max Lucado. I’ll likely never engage in conversation without stumbling on my words, but I can proclaim God’s goodness, and that’s enough.
As one who’s tasted firsthand the sweetness of grace, who knows the freedom Christ brings, and who’s experienced His healing touch, my heart’s desire is to help others do the same. But often, I’m much too aware of the ways I come up short. I’m the woman who frequently sticks her foot in her mouth, halts conversations with the most awkward comments, jumbles facts, and struggles to remember Scripture despite hours of recitation.
And yet, I can proclaim.
1 Peter 2:9 says I’m a part of a royal priesthood, a holy nation, of God’s own people, not so I can impress others or be part of an exclusive club but instead, in order that I “may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called [me] out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
I can always tell others about all God has done for me—what my life was like before I surrendered to His leading and all the ways He’s shown up since. That’s something we can all do, and that’s something no one can refute.
If you belong to Christ and are living in Him, you’re proof positive of God’s incredible saving power. So proclaim it!
You don’t have to be a talented orator, have thousands of Facebook followers, or a storehouse of verses zipping through your brain and off your tongue. Simply tell others what God has done for you, how He’s spoken to you and led you, and trust Him to bring fruit from your testimony.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, speaker, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries. She writes for Crosswalk, is the author of eight contemporary novels, including the soon to be released Building A Family and helped write Wholly Loved’s Bible study based on the life of Sarai (Gen. 12-23) titled Becoming His Princess, available for free (in ebook form) from Wholly Loved Ministries. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall outings with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com.
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