You Are God's Special Treasure . . .

Can you imagine a "larger than life" throne room. Seated on the throne is a great king. He is surrounded by all manner of attendants, each on their best behavior. Now imagine a box that sits at the king's feet. From time to time the king reaches down and runs his hands through the contents of this box. What is in the box? Could it be jewels, gold, or gemstones. This box contains the king's treasures, a collection that brings him great joy. Can you envision that image in your mind's eye?

The Hebrew word for this treasure is segulah, and it means "special possession." The word is found in such Old Testament Scriptures as Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 7:6, and Psalms 135:4, where it refers to the nation of Israel. However, that same word appears in the New Testament by way of the pen of Peter the apostle. He describes the "People of God," those who "have received mercy" (1 Peter 2:10). He is actually referring to those who believe in Jesus, both Jew and gentile. He writes "But you are . . . God's special possession" (1 Peter 2:9).

Well imagine that! The great and powerful King of heaven considers you among His special treasures. He has rescued you from the grip of sin and death. He claims you as His own. Can you recall a time when someone genuinely called you "special"? What effect did it have upon you? What does it mean for you to know that you are precious to God?

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