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December 26, 2018, 8:00 AM

Who am I?


1 Peter 2:9

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;

 

The ending of a year and the beginning of a new year always makes me reflect as well as look ahead.  It's a fresh start, a clean slate, and a chance to follow Christ more closely. I'm typically a "big picture" person, but I'm especially that way this time of year.  Over the past few weeks I have been busy with parties, family gatherings, and all that goes with Christmas. Now as 2018 ends and a chapter of life is closing, I look toward 2019 with great anticipation. I think it's a great time to reflect on who we really are.  What are our goals and what is our real purpose? God's Word is always the best place to start when thinking about these kinds of things.

The verse I chose to focus on today is an encouraging verse for the believer.  There may be a tendency for the reader to focus on the beginning of the verse, which is a natural thing to do. We like the idea of being chosen and special. While this is certainly true for the Christian, it is important to understand the purpose of His work in our lives.  The latter part of the verse tells us: to proclaim His praises! The light of Christ is truly marvelous.  Part of the understanding of the word, "marvelous" is surprising.  If we're honest with ourselves, we should be surprised - in fact SHOCKED that the Lord of all the earth would have interest in us.  When we were walking in darkness before salvation, we were enemies of God (James 4:4).  The goodness of God and the brightness of the light of Christ is surprising and extrodinary!  

As you close out this year and look forward to what lies ahead remember - we have so much to praise God for.  Remember who you are.  Remember who you were.  Most importantly, remember who He is!

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