Archive for February 9th, 2011

1 Peter 1

 1 Peter 1 has Peter writing to the exiles who have scattered.  He reminds them that they are blessed even though they have been scattered.  And his reminder applies to us as well.  Check out the promise we have as a Christ Follower: “He (God) has caused us to be born again… a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead….to an inheritance that is imperishable…..undefiled….unfading….kept in heaven ….who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”.  We are born again.  We have a living hope through Jesus.  We have an inheritance that will never end – it is kept by God in heaven.  And God is guarding our salvation until we receive His glory.  What a promise we have through the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ.  So even when things are tough and it seems like there is nothing good happening – we need to come back to these words.  God has a perfect plan – He has executed it completely – and we will be the beneficiary of His love when that day comes!

Peter goes on then to remind us that we will have some days of suffering and frustration ahead.  Being a Christ Follower is not without struggle and challenges.  Our character will be tested.  Peter says it this way: “though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials….so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ”.  We need to remember a few things about the trials we face.  First they are only around for a little while – it isn’t eternal in nature – it is only for a short time.  They have a purpose – it isn’t just God being mean to us for the fun of it.  Trials come if necessary so that our faith can be tested.  It is our opportunity to have our faith refined.  It must result in praise and glory and honor of Jesus.  Overcoming trials and challenges is not a reflection of you or me – it is the power of God in our lives to stand firm and walk through them with Him.  The sooner we realize that is how we overcome – the sooner we can put them behind us.  Trials are all about proving the power of God in our lives.  It is about us learning to praise and honor and glorify God and have our faith strengthened.  They are not fun.  But they are important to becoming a strong Christ Follower!

Peter gives us one strong command to follow: “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct”.  First of all we need to realize that obedience is the way we are to live – it is not optional – it is required.  We must not be controlled by our old ways – our passion to conform to sin – but we must strive to be like God who has called us into holiness and godliness.  Being holy is to be a way of life.  Does that mean we sit around and don’t do anything so we keep out of trouble?  No – it means we realize that God’s standard and requirement is that we live life obediently and walk in His ways.  We are called to be holy.  He didn’t call us to something we can’t achieve.  We need to work hard to be like Him and live His way.  How is your holiness quotient?  Are you running at 100%?  That is what God has called us to.  Not to try – but to achieve!

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