Welcome to the PoG Blog! Before reading the scripture, please pray the Holy Spirit will guide and direct your meditation on God’s word.
1 Peter 2:4-10
4 As you have come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – 5 you also, like living stones, are built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him,
will never be put to shame.”
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
Has become the capstone,”
“A stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message – which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Identity is such a powerful concept! Who we are and whose we are says everything about us. What we believe about our identity fuels how we behave, our relationships towards others and the way in which we approach God. In verses 9 & 10, Peter eloquently paints a word picture of our identity. It can be summarized as, “You are God’s special child!” He goes on to describe the “before” and “after”: once we were living in darkness, but now we are people of light! The good news is that we get to live in this reality each and every day. Every time something happens today to cause you to question your identity, say to yourself, “I live in the light!” May God bring you joy, peace, and light today!
Please feel free to share your thoughts as you are moved by the Spirit.