Peter, A Breath of Fresh Air
Let’s begin with just how personal God wants to be with us. He sent His Son to this earth, where we live now, to show us how to live better, treat each other better, love more and show mercy and kindness in the best way possible. He came down to show us how to get along and help each other though the journey that can be hard, messy and downright exhausting.
Then Jesus, God’s own Son, a part of Him laid down His life for us. For you and for me. As every nail was hammered through his flesh, Jesus thought of you. He thought of me. Yes, He knows by name. Before we were formed He knew us. Before our parents who waited expectantly for us, HE knew us first. He knows us now. And He still loves us. He will always love us and want the best for us.
Peter begins his letter with a recap of just how fortunate we are. What hope and joy this gives me this morning as I pray for THIS day for help to be and do all that pleases Him as I wait for THAT day when He comes for His own….by Name.
1 Peter 1, The Message
1-2 I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah, writing to exiles scattered to the four winds. Not one is missing, not one forgotten. God the Father has his eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus. May everything good from God be yours!
A New Life
3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.
What do we learn and rejoice about?
–What a Mighty God we have!
–How fortunate for THIS day!
–He knows us inside and out and still gave us a BRAND NEW LIFE!
–God watches over us AND our future.
–Not one is missing from His sight, not one is forgotten!
–His eyes is on you. His eyes are on me. What a thought!
–We have everything to live for!!
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you! What joy and hope you give us this morning as we read Your Word through Peter’s letters. I love his enthusiasm that comes from You. Thank you for the hope in put in us. Thank you for the sacrifice of Jesus for us. Thank you for knowing my name. Thank you for loving me, even when I mess up. Help me continue to grow and learn as I love you more and more….from the inside out.
In Jesus Name, Amen