A People Belonging to God

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

God’s eternal plan was to create a family for Himself. This is more than an individual plan for our lives. God’s plan is a community. To walk alone is contrary to God’s purposes for our lives. God’s plan was not to enable us to do our own thing, but to be in God’s family, to be in community with other people who are called to God.

A lively set of spiritual practices is important in becoming better members of God’s family. It’s hard to develop a friendship if you rarely spend time with your friends.

Christian spiritual disciplines like Bible study, spiritual reading, worship, and meditative prayer afford us space to listen to our first and best Friend.

Constant prayer throughout the day, either alone or in community, increases our connection to a gracious God who is invisibly near. If we turn to God throughout the day even in the most simple of tasks, we bring a conscious effort to our awareness of God’s presence in our lives, but over time it becomes a habit in the natural outgrowth of regular practice.

Another important spiritual practice is to spend some time with God alone. Jesus taught us,“When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you.” Matthew 6:6

A time of reflection and self-examination helps to establish us and keep us on God’s path. Spending some time with scripture passages and devotionals prepare us for the day in a calm manner, and help us deal with the decisions we need to make throughout the day.

Great are the rewards of spending time with God!

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. Philip. 1:4

Red Miller