25 As He says also in Hosea, “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ and her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’” 26 “And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’ there they shall be called sons of the living God” (Romans 9).
To be a “vessel of mercy” means being considered as “beloved people” by God and being recognized as “God’s children” by others. There is no greater title than “beloved” and no greater rank than “sons [and daughters] of the living God.” It just doesn’t get any better than these.
Whenever we feel lonely, or hurt, or insignificant, or insufficient, or weak and frail — we must always be reminded of our rank and title. As “vessels of mercy” we are nothing less than God’s beloved children. Dare I say, we are no less dear to Him as His own beloved Son? The great burden of enduring the “vessels of wrath” is worth it because in the end the Father will have millions upon millions of sons and daughters … who are just like Jesus.
I’m reminded of some history concerning Alexander the Great, who once extended mercy to a renegade soldier brought to him — all because that soldier also bore the name, Alexander. It’s a lot different with us, though, because our rank and title come because of the mercy, not before it.
Lord, thank You for our rank and title You have bestowed upon us. Help us to live This Day like who we already are in Christ. Amen.