First, “You are mine!”
You and I are God’s possession. We are his, along with every living creature on earth. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” According to prophet Isaiah, we are God’s because He has made us; redeemed us, and also called us by his name. That’s why he can call us, “You are mine!”
Second, We are precious to God
God says, “You are precious in my sight, and honored and I love you” in verse 4. God reminds us throughout the Old and the New Testaments. God will remind us throughout our lives with his words and actions. Because we are so precious to God, God promises us to be with us and to protect us when we are going through trials and dangers. He said in verses 2-3, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” God saved Daniel’s three friends out of the furnace of fire. He delivered Jonah from the deep ocean. God delivered Daniel from the mouth of hungry lions. God has delivered you and me many times from all kinds of trials and tribulations. Why? It is because we are his, and we are precious in his sight.
Third, “Do not fear”
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you” (v.1) ; “Do not fear, for I am with you” (v.5); Our Lord Jesus also said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times”
“In this book, Adam Hamilton says, “Fear is a complex emotion. Sometimes it saves us. More often it robs us of the life we want. But we can take our lives back. You’d be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Fear breaks our relationships and communities. It leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. Making matters worse, not a week goes by when some new threat or calamity isn’t dominating the headlines. Why are there so many tragedies? We wonder. What will happen next?”
Fourth, Made for God’s Glory
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (v.7).
What does it mean “living for His glory”? How can we live for God’s glory? Apostle Peter helps us to find answers to this question. He said in 1 Peter 1:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty act of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” You and I are chosen and set apart by God to live a very special life.
*Royal Priesthood: God has called us as the mediator between himself and his creation for the ministry of reconciliation, peace, and justice.
*God’s own people: God is our King since we are his people and the citizen of his Kingdom. It means that we must follow his rules and guidance. They are written in the Bible. When the rules and regulations of this world contradict to the Word of God, we must choose to obey God’s Words because we are his people!
*Peter says that God made us a chosen race, a royal priesthood, holy nation, and God’s own people so that you and I may proclaim the mighty act of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
First, We are God’s (God says, “You are mine!”)
Second, We are precious to God; and God loves us.
Third, We should not be afraid (for he has always been with us and protect us!)
Fourth, We are made for God’s glory
Fifth, We are called to proclaim the mighty acts of God who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light