See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 (NRSV)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NRSV)
Rhae Ann Ongstad lives in Florida. Her three-year-old son, Henrik, was clearly upset as he walked toward his mother in the church hallway. When Rhae asked him what was wrong, he replied, "Someone called me a sweetie pie, but I'm not a pie! I'm Henrik!" Rhae tried to hide the smile on her face so that he wouldn't think she was laughing at him, then she did her best to explain to him what a "term of endearment" was.
Henrik loved his name and didn't want anyone to call him anything but that. Rhae walked away thinking about how often we forget what our "names" are. As we go throughout our day, words get tacked onto us - unloved, dumb, not enough, not attractive, weak, loser. Such labels can cause us to forget who God says we are.
God says we are chosen, loved, pure, free, worthy, strong, victorious, purposed, valuable. Those are just a few of the words our heavenly Father speaks over us. First Peter 2:9 says "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession." Like Henrik did, remember who you are in Christ and boldly declare and live in that identity today!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to ignore the hurtful names others may call us. Teach us to declare your truths, believing what your word says about who we are in Christ, in Jesus' name. Amen.