I am His
By Keith Boutte
In 1 Peter 2:9-10 we’re given an introduction to who we are in Christ Jesus our Lord; “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; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
Jesus decided we were all worth the price he would pay to free us. He loved mankind so much, He would pay the price no human could ever pay to free us from death, hell and the grave.
Jesus’ power is so vast and complete we can only begin to understand the magnitude of His glory as humans. To have total and complete understanding of everything concerning mankind and our existence is far beyond what we could think or even understand.
As I wrote the last sentence, I thought of how some of the greatest minds ever born used only a small part of the brain God gave them. In the completion of time as we know it, we will have control and understanding of things we can’t think of or imagine with human understanding. Think of what we could do here on earth if we could use the complete and total ability of what our minds are capable of doing!
Stop and think what a total disaster it would be if we had the power and use of what our minds are capable of. Just look at how we treat others today, lies, revenge, hatred, selfishness and
self-indulgence and judgement of all who disagree. Just a few generations before ours a war was fought to end all wars! The second “World War” was considered by the people of that time to be “The War to end all Wars!”
But here we are today with wars going on all over the world. There is no place on earth where war is not touching or threatening every human on earth. That along with the great commission Jesus gave us should spur us into action as Christians. We are commissioned to seek to save those that are lost. Read John 3:16-21 NLT, which includes these words: “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
“Are there any doing what God wants” is not the question we must ask; the question is “am I doing what God wants me to do?” Is my life reflecting the life of my Savior? No one is dismissed from reflecting the light of Jesus onto others. Look at Hebrews 12:1-4 NLT, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.”
Pinch yourself now—are you alive? Now that we know we’re alive we must tell others. Do you know that all prophecy has been fulfilled for the return of Jesus? Every event has come to pass for the coming end of the world. Paul reminded us to think of the hostility Jesus endured from people around Him. Think of the temple guard slapping Jesus in John 18:19-23 NLT—“…I have not spoken in secret. Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.” Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded. Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”
Our question is: have we said something that offends God? I cannot say I can prove that any day of my life I haven’t spoken a word that offends God. We are selfish beings created in the very image of God who created everything we know. Our fight is not how we can reach perfection here, but how can we live a life that reflects Christ to all we come in contact with.
We are a chosen people as Christians because we accept that we need a savior to redeem us from our sins.
We are a royal priesthood because we have the Holy Spirit guiding us and the Word of God directing us to seek and save those who are lost.
We are a holy nation because our kingdom is not of this world though we live in it.
We are God’s own special people because we accept that our lives are not our own, but that we are bought with a price.
We are God’s people, created at this time to proclaim that He called us out of the darkness of separation from Him into His marvelous presence through Christ Jesus our Lord, and baptized with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
We were people without direction but now are a family united with God to use for His Kingdom purposes.
A people who understand we need a savior to obtain mercy for our sins of the past, the present and the future.
Who am I? One who is not alone but united as part of the Church who “Once We had no identity as a people; now we are God’s people. Once we received no mercy; now we have received God’s mercy.” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” (1 Peter 2:10-12 NLT humbly edited by me for His purpose.)
Who am I? A mere man saved by grace and filled with God’s Holy Spirt. A servant of the Most High God seeking to serve others, by doing my best to reflect Jesus’s love and grace to those I come in contact with.