TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
“You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT2)
THE NEW ME: I’M EXTREMELY VALUABLE
An American tourist in Paris, who purchased an inexpensive amber necklace in a trinket shop, was shocked when he had to pay quite a high duty on it to clear customs in New York. This aroused his curiosity, so he had it appraised. After looking at the object under a magnifying glass, the jeweler said, “I’ll give you $25,000 for it.” Greatly surprised, the man decided to have another expert examine it. When he did, he was offered $10,000 more. “What do you see that’s so valuable about this old necklace?” asked the astonished man. “Look through this glass,” replied the jeweler. There before his eyes was an inscription: “From Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine.” The value of the necklace came from its identification with a famous person.
The Apostle Peter wants all Christians to know that they are extremely valuable because of their relationship to God. God calls us His “very own possession.” Not only are we extremely valuable but we have been called “holy.” The word “holy” means to be set apart. In other words, we have been set apart for God’s special use or special purpose. That makes each of us extremely valuable.
What is the most valuable possession you have? How much would you be willing to pay for it and why? How much did God pay to purchase you and why? Thank God for the value He has placed on you.