Who am I? Who are you?
A few days ago, I wrote about being included. Click here to read that post.
I mentioned how the people living in these far off places were included by God. As in, God thought that they were important enough for Peter to write to them.
Here are the first three verses of I Peter for reference.
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” I Peter 1:1-3 NIV
The saints were included because of the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross.
Let me rearrange the wording: They were Included in Christ.
And because the were included in Christ, they could then Identify with Christ.
- It is one thing to believe in what Jesus did on the cross.
- But does that belief equal lifestyle?
When Christ finally died on that cross, something unique happened. It is recorded for us in Matthew 27:51;
“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”
From top to bottom! God did the ripping!
Now, what was open only to the high priest once a year, the holy of holies was open to the public! Anyone could enter into relationship with God.
The invite is there, we just need to accept and then attend!
I am included in Christ. If you have given your life to him, then you are also included.
Now we can go forward and be identified with Christ.
Let your life match up with your identity. If it be Christ, then live that way.
There is unlimited power and resource. We have access to the Word.
Be the person God desires you to be.
After all, he chose you.