1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, 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.
Peter is reminding the people of their identity IN Christ – Royal, Holy, Set apart as a Child of Light – From the Father of Lights – Declaring the praises of Christ who has translated us through His blood; out of darkness and into light. This verse is commonly quoted as a core verse of Identity, But today I am choosing to look closer at the statement in verse 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.” My observation is this: Before an encounter with Mercy, we are nothing! Our sin has made us unworthy of life, let alone belonging. People are made in the image of God. To be called Human, is the greatest privilege in the universe. We bear the marks of the creator in our very likeness. Our design as ‘people’ is to exist in Christ. Apart from mercy there is no recognition of humanism, but animalistic fates remain. Doomed to the dust, to eternal burning – Our value is reduced to nothing. God doesn’t even recognize us as a ‘people’ outside of His mercy.
Without mercy, I am doomed to become a Nobody. But Christ died for this Nobody, to make the pauper a prince and the knave, filled with Glory. Now; because of Christ – I am somebody, royal, choosen, Light, and a conduit of praise for the Father. My value was proven at the Cross, and at the cross I find my value. I can do the most amazing things, I could cure cancer AIDS and baldness; but I am NOBODY without Mercy. Mercy found me, restored me to Himself and has forever called me ‘Most treasured.’ I need to remember this for myself and for others. I need to remember the moment I get a little indignant that I am nothing, just like them without mercy. I need to remember that I need to be responsible to the dispensation of mercy by showing mercy in every circumstance. If I choose not to express mercy, I might beat someone down, but I only prove that I am nothing as well. But I choose to be something, I choose to be royal, I choose to – Like Jesus – Be a conduit of mercy and bring praise to my Father.
Lord, help me to realize my worth both apart and in You. Help me to respond to others with mercy as You have and to be humbled more and more by Your great grace! You are so good, thank you for bringing this ‘nobody’ out of darkness and into light, dubbing me royal and righteous according to Your merits! Help me to live up to Your definement of my life. Amen.