FOOD FOR THE SOUL
1 Peter 2:1-10
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
One day, a lion cub got separated from the flock and got lost in the forest. A farmer who was hunting saw the little lion cub and felt pity. He brought the cubs back to the farm. There the lion cub is raised among livestock such as sheep, pigs, chickens, cows, and dogs. The cub imitated the behavior of the animals around them and ate the food eaten by them. It never roared or scratched with its big sharp nails.
One time, the farmer went hunting again into the forest. The lion cub, now an adult lion, was taken along. While lurking and aiming at a deer with his rifle, suddenly a big lion appeared from the bush and pounced on the deer from behind. The farmer’s lion saw the incident with wide eyes, how the big lion with deadly speed and accuracy killed the deer. With its sharp teeth and strong claws, the deer was eventually killed. Something stirred up in the farmer’s lion, now he realized that the ranch was not his real home. The forest was where it should be. Wheat and grass were not his food, but fresh meat was what he liked. When the farmer wanted to take him home, the lion decided to stay in the forest and learn to become the real lion king of the jungle.
God created man in His image (Gen. 1:27). We are His most special creations. However, over time, disappointment, bitterness and various bad things that we experience can damage our self-image. God’s Word reminds us to open our eyes and realize that we always remember that we are God’s creations that are very special and precious in His eyes. No matter how bad our past was, no matter how broken our self-image was, He is the God who is able to restore all of our lives. Don’t let the devil or anyone take the truth from us again.
REALIZING that we are SPECIAL CREATION will RESTORE our broken self-image.
1. Do you know that you are a very special creation of God?
2. Have you experienced anything that destroyed your self-image?
3. What will you do after knowing this truth?
“Thank God, because You created us in Your image. You have put many strengths in us so that we become Your special creation. We believe You are able to restore our broken image and to give us divine confidence so that we may achieve success in every aspect of our lives. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”