Who You are is Not Who You Were

Thursday is for Discipleship

Alpine Mountains and Meadows
Alpine Mountains and Meadows

Here are some alpine heights of biblical truth.

1 Peter 2:9-12.

I hope you can spend some time meditating on the majestic announcement of who you are by virtue of the glad news of the gospel. There is so much here for the heart to rejoice in and for the body to live out. The text is 1 Peter 2:9-10 from the English Standard Version. It is laid out to show how the different parts work with a couple of implied additions that I have put in parentheses.

The truest things about you are the things that God has already settled in heaven (Ps. 119:89). Don’t let your past, your failures or your successes, what others say or think about you determine or limit your life. Don’t let your present–

  • your resources or lack of them,
  • your youth or age,
  • the barriers that you see
  • or the desperation that you feel,

keep you from standing in what Christ has purchased for you.

You are a King’s child. Rejoice in that and remember that your mission is “proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you.”

The King wants to adopt many more and make them “a people for His own possession” just like you. Go tell them the glad news and rejoice that you have a place at the Kings table.

9 But you are     a chosen race,
.       (you are)     a royal priesthood,
.       (you are)     a people for His own possession

.       that
.          you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you

.                                      out of darkness
.                                and
.                                      into His marvelous light.

10 Once
.                    you were not a people,
.        but now
.                    you are God’s people.
.    Once
.                    you had not received mercy,
.        but now
.                    you have received mercy.

Alpine truth to wrap around your soul and remember every day. Truth to live out every day we take breath.

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