Happy Wednesday! When I traveled through airports I was able to see various people, places and things, but before I could check my luggage I had to show identification. As I proceeded through TSA, I had to show my boarding pass and identification. Finally, at the gate I had to show my boarding pass again. All these checks helped to identify who I was. While the airport security and staff may not know me, they trusted my identification to tell them who I truly was – Mrs. White please proceed. Today, 1 Peter will cover identity. Enjoy today’s reading.
Bible verse – 1 Peter 2:7-10 NLT
“7 Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.”[Psalm 118:22]
8And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.”[Isaiah 8:14 ] They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”[Hosea 1:6; 9; 2:23 ]“
Peter explained that there were and are people who have rejected Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives. Verse 8 states, they stumble because they do not obey God’s word.
Sisters and brothers, do you stumble for the same reason?
The reassurance Peter provides should encourage us all about who we are in Christ.
Our identity – we are God’s people.
As we continue to be obedient to the word, we understand the depth of forgiveness that we were given and where our hope comes from. We trust our lives into the hands of a merciful God who loves us and chose us.
Sisters and brothers, this week, don’t forget who you are:
• You are God’s chosen.
• A royal priest.
• A holy nation.
• God’s very own possession.
People may not know you, but your identity in Christ Jesus defines you and tells others who and whose you are. Get rid of your expired passport (old self) that is useless for moving around in Christ – you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Go be the light in this dark world. Stand firm in Christ our rock and foundation (cornerstone).
Father God, thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for being a light in the darkest moments in our lives. Lord, thank you for choosing us to be yours. Lord, be with families who have lost loved ones. Lord, they need your strength. Lord, as the cornerstone help us to remember to place all our worries and pain on you – you can handle it better than we can. Lord, reignite passion within us for you, for those who are weary restore their souls with rest and renew our minds to focus on you. Strengthen our faith to walk in the fullness of you. Be our hope on which we stand. Cover us and give us favor today. Direct our steps in a way that brings glory to your name. In Jesus name, amen.
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