But you are 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.
1 Peter 2:9 NIV
Child of the King
The name of Canada’s smallest province was adopted in 1799 to honour Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. He was the fourth son of King George III and the father of Queen Victoria. Prince Edward was commander-in-chief of British North America and was stationed in Halifax when the island was named. Aboriginal peoples called Prince Edward Island “Abegweit”, derived from a Mi’kmaq word loosely translated as “cradled in the waves”. Early French settlers called it “Île St-Jean.”
As we live our lives day to day, we can too easily become discouraged. The news we watch, sometimes far too much, shows a world that is far from Jesus, and often in direct opposition to the principles of the Kingdom of God. If you are feeling discouraged today in your walk with Jesus, turn off the news, and pick up your Bible. It is filled with encouraging promises and truth about who you are in Christ. 1 Peter 2:9, for example, says this about you, follower of Jesus: “But you are 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.” Look at who you are! Chosen by God, a child of the King of kings, God’s special possession. Bask in that, and when you are discouraged, remember that you are loved by your Creator, who knows you by name. You are royalty in God’s kingdom – a true prince and princess. As you recognize that, discouragement will dissipate and you will lift your head and heart in praise to Jesus, who laid down His life to ensure that you are true royalty.
These have been words from the heart.