“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.” (I Peter 2:10 NIV)
I have emphasized repeatedly in some of my recent posts that no true Christian has a right to think of himself as better than anyone else, including the worst unbelievers. It is true that we have been changed into God’s special people, but the change was not the result of our own merit. It was accomplished by the Sacrifice of Christ. God has done something wonderful in taking poor, needy, helpless sinners, and making saints out of them.
We have done nothing and should have no desire to take credit for it. Our job, as the redeemed children of God, is to “proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (II Peter 2:9).
Remember, there was a time in our lives when we “had not received mercy” and we were headed to hell for our sins. We must always praise God for rescuing us.