Archive for the ‘1 Peter’ Category

Greater expectations

August 15th, 2012 by Maureen

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation…I Pet. 1:3

Times of transition can cause uncertainty but we can be sure that wherever God leads us, He has always gotten there first. We can expect great things to happen, not easy or hassle-free, but great. He anticipates our routes and leaves good surprises for us to find along the way.

Lord, give me greater expectations and a clearer vision of You in front me.

If you care, God cares

May 15th, 2012 by Maureen

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Pet. 5:7

We are not merely faceless players in God’s big plan, each of us is truly significant to God the way each child in a family is significant to parents. God knows what is going on in each of our lives. Our worries and cares, our delights and dreams matter to Him. He is even big enough to care about and handle the conflicting worries and concerns that arise among His children. God can be trusted with our hearts.

Here, Lord, sort this out, my worry can’t fix it.

Not seeing is believing

March 22nd, 2012 by Maureen

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. I Pet. 1:8

The story God keeps telling hinges on belief in what we cannot see. We walk through this imperfect life holding His unseen hand, uncertain of what will happen next. Faith, hope and trust are unnecessary if we have all the information. Trusting God is a response to life that proclaims and affirms His character and His intentions toward us.

Lord,  I don’t have to know what lies ahead, knowing You is enough.

Say “Yes” to “No”

February 28th, 2012 by Maureen

So think clearly and exercise self-control. I Pet. 1:13

Recent research in self-control reveals that self-discipline is like a moral muscle that needs exercise. Though self-control is God-given through the fruit of the Spirit, it is also developed through our own conscious decisions to change habits and exercise restraint. Either way, self-control is not a default setting in most human beings; it is acquired. Sometimes being true to ourselves means saying “no” to our initial impulses.

Lord, help me to develop self-control.

Of stewards and kings.

November 23rd, 2011 by Maureen

Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. I Pet. 4:9

In The Lord of the Rings, the king comes to Gondor and the stewards of  Gondor feel threatened because they will no longer be in charge of the  city. Calling what we do with our time, energy, wealth and possessions “stewardship” recognizes that we are merely keepers of these things for our King. We act on His behalf when we invite others into our homes and share what He has left us to steward.

Lord, I need a king and I’m grateful that You have trusted me with all I enjoy.

 

Know your role, shut your mouth

November 19th, 2011 by Maureen

And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. I Pet. 3:15b-16a

Reconciliation brings a healthy tension into lives who need Christ. There is who Christ is, who that other person is, and Christ’s transformed vision for that person. We have to trust the Holy Spirit to do the convicting and Jesus to do the transforming and stick to gently, respectfully telling our stories of hope and change. Conflict happens when we try to take on God’s role in the process.

Lord, help me to tell my story effectively and know when to shut up.

*Bibliographic credit: yes, I did reference The Rock’s famous WWF Smackdown catchphrase in the title.

Sweeter than revenge

October 12th, 2011 by Maureen

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.  I Pet. 3:9

Jesus’ work of reconciliation turns human ideas about justice and retaliation upside down.  We manifest His grace and demonstrate His reconciling love when we meet evil with good. Extending grace is sweeter than revenge.

Lord, thank you for gathering me to yourself even when I choose evil. Use me to reconcile others to Your goodness.

Good and painful

September 30th, 2011 by Maureen

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. I Pet. 2:21

Sometimes good choices are also painful choices. For citizens of the Kingdom of God eternal consequences have to trump earthly consequences in how we make our decisions. Following in His steps puts us in proximity to His wisdom, strength, and comfort that empower us when doing what He has called us to do results in suffering.

Lord, strengthen and comfort those who suffer for good today.

*This post was inspired by Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani who faces execution in Iran.

God’s supply chain

September 13th, 2011 by Maureen

Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.  I Pet. 4:11b

When we feel overwhelmed or unmotivated by the task at hand we don’t have to try to power through it alone. If God has a job He wants done He provides the inspiration and resources we need to get it done. We are in the middle of God’s supply chain, taking what He gives (always more than we can supply on our own) and using it to bless others, which brings honor back to Him.

Lord, supply what I lack to get this done.

Marked by pain and glory

September 6th, 2011 by Maureen

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.  I Pet. 5:10

Suffering hurts and God knows that. He does not minimize our suffering but helps us through it as a legitimate, painful, but temporary experience. All that we go throughand how we go through it marks our lives here and now and impacts us spiritually as well.

Lord, let the marks we bear bring You glory.

Back to basics

May 16th, 2011 by Maureen

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. I Pet. 1:21

Trusting God isn’t conjuring up enough optimism to put bad situations in a better light. The existence of suffering does not mean that God stops being good, that He stops loving us, or that He has somehow been defeated by evil. Even, and maybe especially, through the painful reality of suffering the basics still apply.

Lord, let your grace always be enough for me.

 

Instruments of peace

March 18th, 2011 by Maureen

Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. I Pet. 3:11

We face continual tension between good and evil and make choices every day that sow one or the other. Keeping an intentional focus on doing good and maintaining peace helps us in our personal relationships and strengthens us spiritually. Prayer and participation in missions and service help us contribute to goodness and peace in the world around us.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace and help me to sow love, forgiveness, faith, hope, light, and joy in the face of hatred, injury, doubt, despair, darkness, and sadness.

The joy of cliff diving

February 8th, 2011 by Maureen

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. I Peter 1:8

For some of us trusting God is like jumping off the high dive into the deep end of the pool and for others it’s more like cliff diving into the ocean. Leaps of faith can be  joyful, exhilarating, and sometimes even a little bit scary. Often the leaps that take us out of our comfort zones are the ones that get us where we need to be.

Lord, thank you for being on the other side of every leap of faith.

Spiritual decor

November 30th, 2010 by Maureen

You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. I Pet. 3:4

The KJV says to put on “the ornament of a quiet spirit.” While we are decking the halls this Christmas season, let’s not forget to deck our spirits as well. Through Christ our own spirits can offer an oasis of heavenly peace to those caught up in the rush and noise.

Lord, decorate my spirit with the fruit of Yours.

Gotcha covered

November 5th, 2010 by Maureen

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8

Sin is covered in God’s love when we confess and receive forgiveness, with Christ bearing the eternal consequences. As Christ’s followers we cover one another’s sins in love when we give one another the benefit of the doubt rather than finding fault or assigning blame. When our intentions toward one another are to restore rather than to judge, punish, or condemn we cover sin with love.

Lord, give me a deep, sin-covering love for those around me.

Not to worry

October 16th, 2010 by Maureen

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Peter 5:7

Worrying about failure can lead to doing nothing. Worrying about provision can lead to selfishness, greed, and envy. Worrying about the future can lead to missing the present.

Lord, I am putting my worry in your capable hands. Thank you.