"Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Pet 2:10 (NIV)
I used to love the game ‘Who Am I?’ where someone would describe a person and I would try to guess who he or she was. Usually they would define this person in terms of their gender, their looks, their profession or their achievements. We do the same thing every day with the people we meet.
Our reference point for others and ourselves is what the world has to say about them and in these things we decide whether they are worthy or not. Here Peter reminds us that our identity does not lie in any of these things but in the fact that we are the people of God.
You are not what others say about you; you are not what you have or even what you feel. You are a child of God and He loves you deeply and lavishly. If you try to live your life separated from the fact that you are God’s beloved child it will inevitably lead to a dysfunctional view of yourself and others.
Today listen to God’s voice, He has already, repeatedly, affirmed His love for you through Jesus. You don’t have to prove to anyone (including yourself) that you are worthy - you have received mercy.