We hear a lot about being privileged these days. If you are born to a particular set of parents, you are labeled privileged. If you never went hungry, you are labeled privileged. The word includes the thoughts of owning a special right or benefit only accessible to a select few.
May I take this privileged moment to make one thing clear? If you belong to Jesus Christ you are privileged. No distinction is made based on background, family or color of skin. It is a gift not earned or deserved but bestowed through the grace of God, Our Father.
The Bible is clear on what the Believer’s benefits of privilege include:
- We are privileged to have been granted forgiveness of sins and repentance.
Acts 11:18 When the others heard this, they stopped objecting and began praising God. They said, “We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.”
- We are privileged to serve the one true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and to suffer for the privilege of following His example.
Philippians 1:29 For you have been given the privilege of serving Christ, not only by believing in him, but also by suffering for him.
1 Peter 4:15-17 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!
- We are privileged that God revealed His truth to us through His Holy Word.
Ps 119:29 Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
- We are privileged to have stories to tell of God’s faithfulness to us.
Rom 1:5 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
- We are privileged to be a blessing to others by giving to the work of the Gospel.
2 Cor 8:3-5 For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. 4 They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.
- We are privileged to communicate to a lost and dying world the endless riches that are waiting for those who believe.
Eph 3:7-8 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.
- We are privileged to be able to smile at the reality that the best is yet to be.
Rom 5:2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Yes, we are privileged people. Yes, those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior have special rights and benefits. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right (the privilege) to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13 NIV
We’re all a work in progress and we all have far to go, but, oh what a joyful journey it is to walk this privileged road together!