1 Peter 2:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
*No matter what we are facing on Earth, those of us who have chosen to be saved and truly live a life for Christ are considered His chosen people. We ALL have this option, but it is up to u to tske it. Therefore, as a selected individual, we have been chosen to represent God. That representation should be based on the word and our relationship with Him. If your life doesn't reflect Christ's image regardless to what you are going through, then you may want to examine your relationship with Him. For example, if you are going through a trial and still find the ability to receive joy, peace, and have concern for others then you will find your life is a representation of His and how He conducted Himself during His suffering on Earth. If you can still walk in love against those who do not mean you well without throwing it up in their faces, you are representing Him. Also, if you can resist temptation to participate in immoral behavior such as lying, cheating, sexing, gossiping, homosexuality, putting other gods before Him, drinking, etc, then you are representing His light despite living in a world filled with dark alternatives.
God called us out of darkness into His marvelous light not just for the sake of our own enjoyment and freedom from bondage regardless of our circumstance, but to show others a positive alternative and ensure the ability of deliverance rather then a cycle of ups and downs that the word takes us through. When you embrace AUTHENTIC Godly living without remixing it with things in the world, then you will feel and be able to be the shining example God called you to be...