I grew up in a Christian home. My parents took us to church on a regular basis. I went to Sunday School most weeks, participated in the Christmas program, Vacation Bible School and other special events. But coming to church never really felt personal to me. It just seemed like something we did.

It wasn’t until I was in High School that I understood what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus beyond showing up to church on Sunday morning or youth group in the evening. It was my DCE who reached out to me and helped me understand the concept of a loving God who wanted to know me personally.

The reason I’m a Christian today is not because I went to church, but because I was in relationship with Christians who walked alongside me and invited me to experience what they had. It was personal conversations with my DCE. It was the friendships I made with other Christians in college. It was my professors and spiritual mentors who took an interest in how I was doing in my relationship with God independent of my theology and DCE classes.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

You are a chosen race. A royal priesthood. A holy nation. Why? To proclaim Jesus in every aspect of your life, showing and telling how Jesus called you out of darkness into His light. Who job is it to share Jesus with others? The pastor’s? The youth director’s? The worship leader’s? Not really. God has rescued you and claimed you as His own child for a purpose.

You are the light of the world. You are the city on the hill. It’s trite, but true: You may be the only Bible someone ever reads. So let us “proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”