In the Word
…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
Of the Word
Awards ceremonies bubble with excitement. As names are called, winners make their way to the stage and pour out gratitude to family, teachers, mentors, colleagues, and friends. In an animated and lively way, awards recipients say “thank you” for recognition of their achievements.
Before time began, God awarded us the honor of being named among His family of believers. Then, in the saving work of Jesus Christ, He clothed us in His royal robes of righteousness and gave us the privilege of serving Him now and for eternity. Through faith nurtured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, He builds and strengthens our relationship with Him, convincing us that we belong to Him. All this, and we have done absolutely nothing to receive or deserve God’s recognition!
In and because of Christ, we are winners! God has called our names through Baptism and faith in Jesus’ work of salvation. Let us step forward and offer Him animated praise and lively acts of thanksgiving and love!
Walking with my Lord
I’m honored to belong to You, and privileged to believe,
Instill in me a thankful heart for all I have received.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.