16th July 2016
When the apostle Peter wrote to believers who were going through hard times, he knew they were in danger of losing hope. His brief letter is a powerful message to them and to us of who we are in God’s sight and what our purpose in life is. I Peter 2:9-10 describes our identity and purpose with these words:
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy."
The Bible repeatedly makes statements like this about who we are in Christ. We are told that we are “more than conquerors” (Rom 8:37), we are “raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places” (Eph 2:6; Col 2:12), we are “greatly loved” (Rom 1:7; Eph 2:4; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4), we are “forgiven and washed in the blood of Christ” (Eph 1:7). These are just a few of the things that God says are true of us.
The big question is, “Do we really see ourselves in the same way that God sees us?”. The internal image of ourselves that we carry is often vastly different from our new image in Christ. Some of us have a very defective view of who we really are. In fact, thoughts and words have a powerful shaping influence over our inner and outer selves. Prov 23:7a in the old King James version leaves no room for doubt about this: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”
How do you see yourself? Are you able to understand and walk in God’s purpose for your life in the day-to-day activities of life or do you often lose sight of your true identity and reason for living? Most of us have struggled in these areas and Peter gives us some help to learn how to think and act in alignment with what God says about us. Try making these statements out loud and let them rewire the way you think.
“I am chosen by God”
“My generation is destined to impact the world for good.”
“I am part of a holy, special and priestly people that are set apart for God’s purpose”
“I am called and created to give praise to Him”
“I no longer dwell in darkness, I am now living in His marvelous light”
“I belong to God, He has made me His own and I have been blessed with His everlasting mercy”
The Word of God has the power to reshape our thoughts and the way we see ourselves. Negative impressions need to be replaced with the positive power of our new creation in Christ. Don't think about yourself in the wrong ways, there is something bigger and better ahead for God’s children and it starts with agreeing with what He says about us!
Speaking the truth, seeing the change,