21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
The Williams translation renders the opening phrase of verse 21 as, “For you have been called for this purpose.” The purpose referred to here is suffering for doing good or unjust suffering. The readers of First Peter suffered unjustly and unfairly for their faith. Peter continues with his supporting argument for such a premise by stating the reason why we have to take up such a calling of purpose is that Christ suffered for us as he bore our sins in his body. Jesus was sinless, he did not have to do it but out of love, he chose to die on the cross so that we can be reconciled with the Father.
In these trying times, events, situations or circumstances occur where we might feel it’s unfair or not just. For some, it might be because of our faith. For others, it might be a loss in a job, or losing a loved one or perhaps visa issues. But remember, as we take up our calling to suffer for doing good or for what seems unjust and unfair, we are not alone. Jesus sets an example, when we follow him in his steps, we find the courage to forgive where an offence is made. In him, we find the faith to live another day. In him, we find all that we need. He alone satisfies our whole being.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to be blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.