MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT2)
THE NEW ME: I’M COMPLETELY ACCEPTED
A man went to the doctor, after the examination the doctor came into the room and said, “Sir, would you please spell diet?” The man started to spell, “D.I.E…” The doctor told him to stop right there. The doctor said, “You are going to die if you don’t start watching what you eat and incorporating exercise into your lifestyle.” The man heard the doctor and went home. He sat in his recliner and continued to have his wife just bring him food. In a few months, he weighed over 350 pounds and a few months later, friends and family attended his funeral.
There are moments in life that call for dramatic change or we will face extraordinary consequences. In 1 Peter 2:9 we find one of those moments. Peter writes, “But you are not like that.” “You” is emphatic in the Greek which sets up a dramatic contrast with those Peter has just described who stumble over the Cornerstone of Jesus into a Christless eternity. The idea is that the church was filled with people who used to be on their way to hell but now they had been “chosen” by God and on their way to heaven.
Every once in a while we experience the beauty of a reconciled relationship. A relationship that had been strained for days, weeks or years and then there is healing and forgiveness. When God saved you there was a similar experience. We no longer have to fear not being right with God. Instead we have the joy of knowing that we are His and He is ours. If someone were to write about your life before Christ and say “but you are not like that” how would they describe the ways and reasons you have been changed?