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
The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what do you take? 1, 2…
Take this: In Gen. 46 Joseph tells his family that when they meet the Pharaoh to tell him they are shepherd (which they were) because all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians. At first I was a bit confused… why make a point of telling the Pharaoh you are what his people find most detestable?! But with further research being a shepherd in a sense marked them… Joseph knew that if they were anything more his family would be left to fend for themselves in the Egyptian society. But since they were just lowly shepherds that actually protected them!! Pharaoh in Gen. 47:5-6 actually responds by giving Josephs family the very best land and even wants some of them to take care of his own livestock!! WOW! As believers in Jesus we are marked and set apart too and there is no greater place of protection then in the Father. So do not be afraid to let yourself be marked as a Christian to speak the name of Jesus unafraid in normal everyday conversation. For the eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chron. 16:9 I pray His eyes rest on my heart and He is able to say as He did about David in Acts 13:22 I have found (your name) a person after my own heart; who will do everything I want them to do.
59, 60. GO! (Marked, set apart and unafraid!)