Simple Church, For His Glory
My Identity
by Jason Southerland on March 21st, 2017

​What I Learned at Church – Grace Fellowship of Waxahachie

1 Peter 1:1-2  “ Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. “
     Often, when we meet someone new, one of the questions asked early in the conversation is, “So, what do you do?”  It is strange how we tend to characterize ourselves and identify ourselves by our job, or by what activity or vocation occupies our time.  As the Book of Peter opens, we see that Peter views and identifies himself in terms of how he serves Jesus as a part of the Kingdom of God.  Do we see ourselves as someone chosen by an employment interview panel for a certain role at our place of employment?  Or do we see ourselves, as Peter did, as someone chosen by God to be an active part of His Kingdom?  Peter is not the same man that he was before he came to know Jesus.  Who are you? How do you see yourself?  Are your value and identity found in who you are in Christ and as part of His Kingdom? 
     It is interesting that in this context, Peter wishes them grace and peace.  If you are like me, you really want to find grace and peace in the way you identify with your employment.  However, it is important to notice that Peter is saying these things in the context of the fact that we are chosen by God to do His work. 
- Jason Southerland
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Mama - March 30th, 2017 at 8:49 AM
I am so sorry we live so far! I think this just may be truth teaching! Love what you wrote!
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