1 Peter 2:9-10
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. 10 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.
Here we are! It’s Monday morning. A new week of work, school, family, life, and love is before you. So is this scripture. This morning we are taking a look at a scripture that has a clear message of who we are and whose we are.
The apostle Peter wrote these encouraging words to help believers who would most likely face trials and persecution under Emperor Nero. People needed to hear this truth. They needed to hear about the light ahead. They needed to hear that they belonged to something so much bigger than what they were living in at the time.
Maybe you are like the early Christians who needed to hear these words. Maybe you need to hear these words too. YOU are a chosen people. YOU belong to something so much bigger than what you can fathom. YOU are the people of God. You today, on this Monday, you receive mercy.
You are part of a royal priesthood. In the Old Testament, to be part of “the priesthood of all believers” meant that people did not approach God directly. A priest was the go-between of God and people. The beautiful thing that happened on the cross is that we did not need the go-between anymore. We became the closest to Christ, a part of a royal priesthood. Nothing should stand in our way between us and Christ. And yet, our humanity and humility get in our way all of the time. We put conditions on the love we give and the love we receive.
What would today look like if you made the choice to live out this scripture in a powerful way? What would it look like if you stepped out of darkness and into the marvelous light before you? What would your Monday hold if you chose right now right here to live as a “people of God”.
Pastor David issued us a challenge in worship this past weekend. A homework assignment for all of us to take on for the next 21 days. Every day we are to write down three things we are grateful for. These things cannot repeat, and they must be specific in nature. At the end of the 21 days, we will have an ongoing list of 63 items to remind us that life is good. We are blessed. Start now. Start today.
Heavenly Father, we come before you today with a new week. A week full of promise and of hope. Lord, be with us. Remind us we are not alone. Remind us that we are a part of something so much bigger than we could even imagine. Remind us to pause and be grateful. When we fail to remember today, Lord, remind us.
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