1 Peter 2:9-12
9But 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. 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.
11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live 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.
This passage, as well as several others point to a fact that seperates our faith from every other one out there. Our IDENTITY comes before any call to action. We are a chosen people, a holy nation. Once we were not His people, but now we are. We haved been saved...set free. Our faith is different because of this. Any other religion, you obey, you follow the rules, and then you are accepted. Ours is a faith where you are accepted first, not because of anything we have done, but because Jesus Christ has saved us.
And because of that, we obey. Obedience is natural to the one who has set us free. It actually is easy, it gives us joy to serve our heavenly father.
Jimmy's so cool.