“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.”  (1 Peter 2:9, NIV)

As a disciple of Jesus, do you think of yourself as chosen?  Do you see yourself as a member of a royal priesthood; an intercessor between man and God?  Do you consider yourself a citizen of a holy nation?  To whom do you belong; are you God’s special possession?

When I was in university, it was not uncommon to encounter students who — outwardly — looked like the stereotypical poor college student but were, in fact, heirs of family fortunes.  It didn’t seem to matter to them whether they dressed-up or dressed-down, because it didn’t change the fact of who they were or their destiny.

Peter’s words remind us of how God sees everyone — repeat — everyone who claims His name.  Don’t sell yourself short, and remain mindful of the great gift God has given you today.  – Luther

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