1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Let’s first notice that this verse does not say, “But you are worthless, messed up, sin-stained people. How in the world could Christ possibly love you? It’s unbelievable that you would even think you could do something significant for the glory of God.” Why would I say that? Because it seems as though God’s people have a case of stolen identity. So often, we come to God in our state of brokenness feeling pretty lousy about ourselves. Now inherently there is nothing wrong with that, for compared to Him we are kind of lousy by nature. But there’s this subtle trap of the enemy to keep us feeling lousy. So we live like unchosen, common, unholy, orphans. That’s not who we are.
We are chosen, royal, holy, and adopted! We have got to embrace that identity and start acting like it. Many Christians walk around like Eeyore when they should be bouncing off the walls like Tigger. Where’s the joy, adopted one? Where’s the security, you who are chosen? God has called us out of darkness and into His glorious light, yet we continue to run for the shadows. We forget who we are and let the lie define us. We get caught in the trap of who we used to be and it keeps us from living for Him.
It’s time to embrace the truth, friends. It’s time to start living like the royalty we are in Christ. Yes, now is the time to start singing His praises and proclaiming His greatness. Today is the day to stand up proud and tall and declare who you are. You are chosen to be royalty. In Him, you are made Holy. And best of all… you are His. So when you hear the deceiver whispering in your ear, simply say: “you’re messing with the wrong person, I belong to Jesus.”