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Day 6 | People of God – Application

Read 2 Corinthians 7

The Bible says we are God’s people, so how should that affect the way we live? Our purpose in life should revolve around being a son or daughter of God. Remember the roles you thought of yesterday, the ones you fill on earth. Our role as the people of God should influence all the other roles we have. Are you a parent? You should parent your children not just as their mom or dad but also as a child of God. Are you a boss? You should treat your employees the way a child of God does. You get the idea. Being a child of God should pierce through every part of our lives: how we speak, act, think, and what we take in.

Verse 1 of today’s passage says we should “cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit.” Peter wrote a similar passage: “I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day He visits” (1 Peter 2:11–12). These verses should encourage us as we apply them to our lives. Remember our role as people of God does not come to us through going to church, our parents’ faith, acts of kindness, or volunteering with nonprofits, it comes through faith in God. When we choose to follow God, He adopts us as His own.

In God’s mercy, He calls us His people. As we read yesterday, Peter says those who have received mercy from God now have the unique role of proclaiming praises to God, the One who has brought us into the light (see 1 Peter 2:9). Let’s proclaim God’s praises in our daily lives so those we have influence over may see Jesus’ love, hear the truth, and want to learn more about how to be the people of God.

Pray for opportunities in your everyday roles to reflect God and proclaim His praises.