YOU ARE ... THAT YOU MAY
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
I grew up in a large family with two older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister. Like most siblings growing up together, we fought and argued as kids. Oftentimes, we would resort to name-calling to express our anger – “Well, you’re stupid… you’re ugly … you’re just a little baby.” One of our favorite comebacks to these mean, deriding comments was simply this: “I know you are, but what am I?” That mindless comeback became a broken record to whatever salvo was being delivered. “I know you are but what am I?” is an obnoxious retort, but it was nonetheless effective at driving an angry sibling crazy.
DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE?
1 Peter 2:9 reminds us of who we are in Jesus Christ – “A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.” That is pretty amazing, isn’t it? If you are a Christian, you are all those wonderful things.
Now, we may not feel like we are any of those things, but how we feel doesn’t really matter. Truth is not what we feel, truth is what God says. If He says I am His own possession, then I am. Case closed.
I wonder how much our lives would change if we really started believing what God says about us. We surely wouldn’t live negative, depressed, defeated lives. On the contrary, we would live so full and excited and on fire for Jesus. And we would be so eager to tell others about Him.
YOU ARE … THAT YOU MAY
The truth is every Christian is exactly who God says he/she is. The knowledge of who we are is given for a purpose – “that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him.” You see, I am holy, chosen, part of a royal priesthood, and God’s very own possession SO THAT I can tell others about Him who took me out of the darkness and placed me in His marvelous light.
Let me encourage you as I encourage myself. Believe the truth of what God says about you, regardless of your past failures, present circumstances, or current feelings. Start proclaiming your wonderful Savior and friend named Jesus. Tell family, friends, neighbors, workmates and classmates about the wealthiest King who became the poorest pauper in order to bring forgiveness, life, and abundance to undeserving sinners. He will transfer anyone out of darkness and into light if he/she will simply respond to Him in repentance and faith.
What a message we have to share. Never forget, “you are … that you may.”
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
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Jeff Schreve founded From His Heart Ministries, www.fromhisheart.org, in 2005 with the vision to reach as many people as possible with the good news of God's love. Jeff believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a great plan just for you. He broadcast on radio, TV and in the internet around the world from his pulpit ministry as Pastor of First Baptist in Texarkana, Texas. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.
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