Would you call yourself chosen, royal, or holy? Do you believe you’re a special person? Do you belong to a blessed group of people? Our scripture for today says the answer to these questions is yes. We are highly favored.
The writer of 1 Peter encourages the congregation to believe the best about themselves. God has created them. God has honored them. God has done great things in their community. Because of Jesus’ presence in their lives they are a changed people with a great story to tell others!
Believing such a good story can be difficult for so many of us. It’s so easy to look down on ourselves or find ways to call someone else better than us. But our calling as people of faith is to believe, to see ourselves the right way — the way Jesus loves us unconditionally as beloved creations.
~ Elizabeth Evans Hagan ~