May 8

1 Peter 2:6-10

“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.” vs. 10

Peter was writing to the scattered Christians of Asia and Galatia, and reminding them that, though they were few in number, they possessed a power and presence that came directly from God. He wanted them to know that, even lacking the credentials of race or heritage, they were a holy nation and a royal priesthood. Peter’s metaphor is powerful and has been a favorite for the people of God through the centuries. Even today our chests can swell with pride as we consider who we are in this world of passing fancies and divided loyalties. We come from a variety of backgrounds and heritages, some are rich and some poor, many have a strong theological background while others are barely believers, but together we are the Church of Christ, God’s own people, chosen by the Spirit for service in the world. And what makes us special is not privilege, insider knowledge, or power! Rather, we are the people of grace! We are those who have received mercy–and we know it! Like Paul, we boast in our weakness, knowing we have done nothing to receive favors from God. All we are and have is a gift, it’s a knowledge that makes us proud and humble at the same time. In Christ, we are called to relax into life, and enjoy every passing minute and hour until our time runs out–and our service is over!

Thought for the Day: What keeps me from enjoying every moment?

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