"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God..."
In the eyes of many worldly people, we are seen as kind of odd. They call us weak, in need of religion to "lean ourselves upon." We are considered "nuts," "crazies," and "wierdos," and as such, they dismiss us along with the Lord for which we stand.
But that's not at all the way our heavenly Father see us.
In the eyes of God, we are precious, relevant, and blessed. He has raised us up above others for His purposes, charging us with taking the message of salvation to a world lost in their sins. Because we have believed, we are "living stones" which make up the church, with Jesus Christ as the "capstone" or chief piece which sets atop the structure.
Consider how God has loved and blessed us in this world. Scripture speaks about the glory of Christ, and the importance of our duty to God through His Son. In (1Peter 2: 4-6) we read:
"As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--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...See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
What an honor it is as Christians to be mentioned in this way! As believers, we are part of the grand plan to work along side Christ in building up His spiritual house. This is a position of authority which God has given to those of faith. What a difference there is between the way the world sees us as compared to our Loving Father in heaven!
Knowing this, then, we need to rise above the opinion of the Godless souls who wish to tear us down. Such disrespect from the world is an unfortunate fact of this life. They are some of those "spiritual sacrifices" we make in service to our Lord. However, our message is the most important information in the world, and we must do our best to represent it as such!
But we also need to be careful not to think of ourselves too highly. We are no better than anyone else, for we are sinners too. We have our place in the heart of God only because of Christ's sacrifice made for our sins at the cross. The Lord states our lofty duty in scripture, but He also reminds us of the lowly position which we were in before coming to Christ.
Consider the words of (1Peter 2: 9-10):
"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. 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."
We must go forward in this world declaring the blessings we have in Christ to others. Push aside any who scoff at us, and stand resolute in our convictions! It may not be easy at times, but if the Lord trusts us to do so, then He will also help us in this task.
The ridicule we receive from others now is nothing when compared to the glory which awaits us in the world to come!