You hear it all the time: you can’t pick your family.
That may be true, but Thank God He chose you to be a member of His family, the royal family.
No matter what your circumstance, we have this higher truth that lifts and unites us: we are the people of God.
Peter says that once we had not obtained mercy, but now we have. Those of us who have made the choice to throw off the bonds of satan and embrace the mercy of Jesus – we are God’s kind of people now. He makes us worthy, using the blood of His own Son to purify us. To heal our bodies. To meet our deepest needs. To bring peace. What a covenant we have that accomplishes all these things!
Not one of us is perfect in applying our covenant. That’s one reason we come to church. But we’re growing. And all through the process, we get to worship Him as His own royal priesthood. What can bring us down when He has lifted us so high?
This Thanksgiving season, Gladys and I are humbled to be a part of the family of God with you, and thankful to serve alongside you. Remember how God sees you, and let His Truth become your reality.
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.
– 1 Peter 2:9-10