“Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter [2:10]
One of my favorite things about Facebook is the way the social media platform highlights photos from years gone by and asks you if you want to post it to show your friends. One quick glance at the image and you are transported on a quick walk down memory lane. This reminder also provides you with an opportunity to see how much you, or the people you love, have changed.
Today’s writing from the Apostle Peter, does a similar thing for believers. He highlights the redemption that believers experience through Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection—and how this makes each of us different than we were before.
Once we were not a people, but now we are the people of God. Once we had not been recipients of God’s mercy, but now we have received mercy.
These dramatic changes should not simply be enjoyed and kept for ourselves. Being a part of God’s family should mold who we are and shape the way that we live. Because, in Christ, we’ve been changed! Therefore, our thoughts, affections, and actions should change, too.
If someone took “before Christ” and “after Christ” snapshots of your life, would they see a difference?
Lord, thank you for making me a part of your people. I am humbled by your amazing grace and mercy to me. Please help me to walk in a way that reveals the change you have made in my life. May I bring honor to you. Amen.