Why do I Exist? | 1 Peter 2:9-10 | Short Devotion

Why do I Exist? From the beginning of time, man has been looking for the reason of his existence. Man invented fire and the wheel. Man landed on the moon. He developed science, medicine, and technology for his comfort and good living, but still man is battling with the question, “Why am I here? Why do I exist?”

One of the most common questions people ask me is, “why do I exist” in this world? Have you ever thought why do you exist in this world? Well, I have an answer for you.

1 Peter 2:9-10 9But 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. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

When we get to understand this passage, we will know the reason for our existence. Let’s study this passage:

This passage starts with “but you.” In the sentences before Peter spoke about the non-believers. They are the people in the Roman Empire and the ones who are persecuting the believers. They are the people of the world who live in darkness. But you means, Peter is addressing believers of Jesus who have a reason for their existence.

You Are A Chosen People

Peter keeps telling in this letter that God’s people are chosen or elected by God.

1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus

1 Peter 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him..

But you are a chosen people. This is coming from Deuteronomy 7:6-8 6For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. (see the reason God chose them) 8But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

To be chosen is an extraordinary privilege, freely given by God. This was spoken to the nation Israel. Initially it was the Israelites who once enjoyed the privilege of being chosen by God. If in the OT God has chosen Israel, in the NT God has chosen a new group of people, Christians. The church has taken the identity of the new Israel. This new people are not descendants of Abraham but we become a chosen people through Christ.

The new birth made us a chosen people. New birth made us God’s people. There are only two kinds of people in the world. First, it is the naturally born people. Secondly, people who are the naturally born but born again by the word of God. So born again people are chosen by God. That invitation is open to everyone. There is no partiality with God. God is calling you into that privilege to be chosen by him.

You Are A Royal Priesthood

This means we belong to the household of the king. We are in the house of God. We belong to a kingly family. Royalty is our new identity in Christ. So what we do as a priest. 1 Peter 2:5 ..you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. We offer spiritual sacrifices.

You Are A Holy Nation

Holiness is another aspect of our new identity. Believers form the new spiritual nation. We have allegiance to our heavenly King, Jesus Christ who is truly the King of kings and Lord of lords.

You Are God’s Special Possession

So God chose us, owns us, cherishes us as a new possession. He makes us his people.

This also was a privilege of the OT believers. Exodus 19:5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

What is the reason for us to become a new chosen people of God?

1 Peter 2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Mercy is the reason behind this new chosen people of God. The great mercy of God causes us to be born again. Thus we become a new people, God’s special possession and royal priests.

In summary, believers are a new race of people. They are chosen by God. We are a holy nation. Believers are God’s special possession and we offer spiritual sacrifices. Since God chose us, what are we to do? This is where we find the purpose for our existence.

Now, let us come to the question, why do I exist in the world?

Why do I exist in the world?

The reason for our existence is: 1 Peter 2:9 .. that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

We Exist For Two Reasons According To Peter:

1. We Exist To Proclaim God’s Word

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

Why do I exist? I exist to proclaim God’s word and reason out that to everyone.

2. We Exist To Do Good Deeds

1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Secondly, why do I exist? I exist to do good deeds. Paul says we are created for good works. Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

So I exist to do good works to others.

3. We Exist For God’s Glory

Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by my name whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.

Isaiah 43:21 …the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

We exist to make God known. We exist not to call attention to ourselves but to proclaim something about God in word and deed. This brings glory to God. We exist for the sake of proclaiming the goodness of the one who called us.

Our preaching, our life, our deeds must proclaim the praises of God to the world.

We exist to glorify God and praise Him.

Paul also has the same to say: Ephesians 1:4-6 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

We are created for God’s glory. When God is glorified through our lives, our lives become meaningful. When we are most satisfied in God, God is most glorified in us.

Conclusion:

Let me sum up everything what we said: How do I answer the question: why do I exist?

God is calling people through Jesus Christ to form a new race, a new group of chosen people. They become God’s treasured possession. The motive behind it is God’s mercy. We are being called by God? So why do I exist? I exist for God’s glory. When I proclaim God’s word and do good deeds, God is glorified. So the very reason for your existence is for God to be glorified in and through your life.

Seeking our you well-being can never provide a truly satisfying goal for life. The answer to our search for ultimate meaning in life lies in ‘declaring the excellencies’ of God, for he alone is infinitely worthy of glory. Purpose in life is ultimately not found in a man-centered life but a God-centered life.

So if you want to find the reason for your existence, you need to come to God.

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