Peter – A Breath of Fresh Air
My mom knew how to “manage” me well. If she wanted to challenge me to do something she would tell me, after a few sloppy tries, “I guess you can’t do it.” What did this do to my rebellious brain? It made me jump in with all that is in me to do it or die trying.
I remember a principal who said of me to a group of parents when I began a new program of teaching, “I assure you, Mrs. Callaway does not give up, she will make this happen or die trying.” I’m still wondering about this statement…”die trying.” I’m still here. (Smiling)
If this is a good character trait in me or not, I’m not sure, the jury is still out. But now in my more “mature” days, if I know God is in it, I’m passionate to follow Him, because He sent His Son, Jesus to die for me. He didn’t just die trying, he did it! He suffered and died a cruel death so that we can be redeemed from the death we deserve for our sin. I will die trying to please Him, say Yes to Him and love Him with all that is in me.
Jesus also suffered and “died trying” to teach us HOW to live like He lived. He did this to show us that “it can be done.” Peter lists all the character traits of Jesus we strive to imitate in our lives. We will not be perfect as Jesus was perfect, but He gave us the standard to reach for and the measure to evaluate how we are doing and how far we’ve come in our walk. It’s not so much about reaching perfection in our journeys as it is about always progressing forward with Christ. Look at how far we have come as opposed to where we are now. Then ask for help to go a bit farther.
This passage ends with “once you were lost” but “now your named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.” How amazing is this love? How amazing to be “named, known and kept” by the King of kings and Lord of lords!!
Read and be blessed. Make a list. Hang this list up where it can be seen with the title in bold letters, “IT CAN BE DONE!” (with the Holy Spirit helping us.)
1 Peter 2, The Message
The Kind of Life He Lived
18-20 You who are servants, be good servants to your masters—not just to good masters, but also to bad ones. What counts is that you put up with it for God’s sake when you’re treated badly for no good reason. There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.
21-25 This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.
He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss.
They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.
IT CAN BE DONE! (The list)
–Be silent when wronged. This counts with God.
–Suffering is part of this life. Jesus did. We will at times.
–Let God set things right.
–His wounds became our healing. Jesus’ love for us put us ahead of His comfort. Our first thoughts of pure love should be about the needs of others before our own.
–Serve, even when it hurts.
–Love as if our lives depend on it.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You have challenged us once again this morning to be more, love more and do more. We can never out-love you, out-do what you do, or be You but we will “die trying” and leave this world with a smile on our face. I love you, Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. Thank you for knowing my name, saving my soul and keeping me in your care. Wow, what a Savior and Lord! What a Mighty God we serve!
In Jesus Name, Amen