From Rejected to Accepted

Bulletin Sharing – Week 2 of March 2015

From Rejected to Accepted
Jessica Tanumihardja
What is incognito, the theme of this month? Here is the definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary:
Incognito = with your true identity kept secret (as by using a different name or a disguise).

Why would someone want to conceal his/her identity? For spies or secret agents, that is in their job description, but how about the “non-spy” people? Some common answers were mentioned in last week’s article: I am not worthy, I am weird, I am different, I am useless, etc. Let me re-emphasize the truth: your identity is defined by the Creator, not by your surrounding!

We are special in God’s eyes. If you still have doubt about this fact, I assure you: yes, YOU are special.  You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God knows us by name. Isn’t it amazing? I cannot even remember the full name of everyone in this church.  

Still not convinced?  I directly think of the verses related to our identity in Christ, 1 Peter 2:9-10:
“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” (MSG)

Who are we?
1. God’s chosen one
2. Royal priesthood
3. Holy people
4. God’s special possession

BAM! Whenever the devil tries to bring us down, recite these verses to him! We were rejected before, but now we are accepted through Christ. It reminds me of Francesca Battistelli’s song “He Knows My Name.”

“I don’t need my name in lights
I’m famous in my Father’s eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I’m not living for applause
I’m already so adored
It’s all His stage
He knows my name…”

I am the chosen one! I don’t need to conceal my identity since I am a royal.  I don’t need people’s approval, the spotlight, the attention, or the glory to prove that I am special in God’s eye. THANK YOU LORD.

Then, what’s next? What we often forget is the fact that verse 9 doesn’t just end there. It has a second part.  After Peter reveals our identity in Christ, he explains why we are chosen: “so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (NASB).

Not only that we are chosen, but we also are given a special task from God: proclaim the good news! This is what we do with our identity.  In fact, this is part of our identity.  God touches us to touch others.
It is important to get the first part of verse 9.  Let’s also understand the second part.  Spread the excellencies of God wherever we are.  It takes all of us to do that as His excellencies in my life are different than the ones in your life.  Conceal your royalty no more. Establish His kingdom wherever you go!