Our True Identity in Christ

I Peter chapter 2 verse 4-12 talks about The Living Stone and a Chosen People. Metaphorically, Jesus is referred to as The Living Stone. This reference denotes His attributes of invincible strength, everlasting duration, and our rock of offense for all our enemies. Jesus is our protection and security. He is our foundation of all our hopes and happiness. It is through Jesus that we have true knowledge of God. By Him we have access to the Father and are made partakers of spiritual blessings.

As God’s Chosen People we are like living stones being built-in the temple of the Holy Ghost. Our purpose is “to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5 NIV) Because we put our trust in Jesus we will never be put to shame. (1 Peter 2:6 NIV) For those who did not believe, the rejected stone [Jesus] became the cornerstone. (1 Peter 2:7 NIV) Their disbelief will cause them to stumble because they disobeyed the message and forfeit their destiny. (1 Peter 2:8 NIV) It is because we are God’s special possession (a chosen people, royal priesthood, a holy nation) we are highly privileged. We have the honor to praise God. Before accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior we could not possess the privilege of mercy. We must remember who we are in Christ. We are the Elect. We should not remain as babes in Christ but continuously grow in our relationship and knowledge of Him.

Being a true worshipper is not about religion but relationship with God. For a moment, think of a person you consider being your best friend. Reflect on your relationship with them. Ask yourselves these questions. Why are they your best friend? When did you know that you could trust them? What do you know about them? Where are they when you need them? How did you become so close with that person? How did you learn about their likes or dislikes? You invested time with them. You observed their responses to various scenarios. You shared good and bad experiences with them. During rough times they have been a shoulder to cry on. You shared private and personal things with them and they did not spread it around town.

Do you have the same “best friend” perspective as it relates to your relationship with God? In order for us to know God, we need to invest our time with Him. We should seek to learn about what is pleasing and displeasing to Him. We should desire to communicate with Him frequently. We should rely on Him through times of calamity. We should celebrate victories with Him. We should show Him our appreciation, respect, and love daily.

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