Read: 1 Peter 2: 4 – 12
This month on Elsie Road we’ve been talking about identity. What does that look like in our daily lives? How do we balance our identity in terms of all our other roles—as creatives, business owners, students, wives, mothers? How is our identity defined by God in scripture?
Working through all these questions has helped me to realize both the incredibly terrifying and amazingly comforting value of finding my identity in Christ. When I rest the framework of my life on him, there’s always somewhere I belong and someone I can turn to for help.
In the book of 1 Peter, the apostle Peter is addressing “God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia” (1 Peter 1: 1). Although I’ve never set foot in any of those places, I can definitely relate to the idea of being a stranger in this world, and when I look at the church today, we’re most definitely scattered.
But Peter doesn’t stop there. In chapter 2 he goes on to talk about the chosen cornerstone, the one thing that unites us scattered strangers—Jesus Christ. In the end that is what defines us. We are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (v. 9). We are daughters of God and it’s only when we lay down every other aspect of our identity at that cross that we can find peace and hope.
Now that we’re clinging to that incredible terror and amazing hope, Peter presents a commission. As daughters of God, we’re called to something more. We must go out to that world into which we’ve been scattered and “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (v. 9). That’s a beautiful identity and a wonderful commission.
How does your identity in Christ provide you comfort and hope? List some of the things that make up your identity. How can you use those roles to serve as a daughter of God?