Recently I was reading an article about Babe Ruth, who was arguably the best baseball player to ever play the game. On December 26th, 1919, Babe Ruth signed a contract with the New York Yankees. The contract said that he would be paid the astonishingly high price of $25,000 for the 1919, 1920 and 1921 baseball seasons. It was a memorable day and a memorable event in the history of baseball.
The actual contract he signed that day still exists, but it is so much more than just a contract. It’s now a collector’s item. Because it carries Babe Ruth’s signature, that simple piece of paper was recently valued at $996,000! Yes, it’s just a piece of paper—but because of who it belonged to, it is worth almost a million dollars! Museums, antique stores, and internet marketplaces are full of things like that—ordinary items that have become valuable simply because of who owned them.
Like me, you are probably totally ordinary. We have no claim to fame and are in no danger of being thought important. And yet we have a greater value than any item in any museum or marketplace in the world! Our value isn’t based on where we were born or what we can do. In fact, our value is based on the same criteria as that simple contract from 1919. Our value is based on who we belong to!
This is how Scripture describes it in 1 Peter 2. Peter was writing to people who once were far from God but had come to faith in Jesus. Their lives have been transformed by His grace. Peter says in verse 9 that they are now: “… a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” In verse 10 he reminds them of what they were and what changed: “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.”
You and I were just like those people in verse 10. We were strangers to God and His mercy, with no true sense of identity or belonging. But Christ has changed all that. Now that He is our Savior, everything is different! Now we are God’s chosen people, His royal priesthood, those who minister to Him and for Him. We are a holy nation unto the Lord. But nothing is as amazing as knowing that we are God’s special possession—that we belong to Him.
Peter wants us to know that we’re not just some forgotten objects tossed into the back of a drawer! No, God claims us for Himself. He has called us out of darkness into His wonderful light. He knew where we came from, but that didn’t stop Him from choosing us to be His very own. It’s not because of our abilities or anything we’ve done; it’s because of His great mercy. No wonder Peter tells us we should shout out His praises!
So, the next time you are feeling useless, repeat this to yourself. Start by saying your name, followed by these words: “…you are chosen, you are royal, you are a minister for God, part of His holy nation. God says that you are His special possession. Your value comes from belonging to Him.” And then declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Everything that belonged to your life before Christ has passed away and you have stepped out of the shadows into the glorious light of a bright new future with God! Yes, you may have difficulties in your life right now; but that does not change who you are in Christ!
Blessings on your day!