To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
In the book of 1 Peter, Peter addresses believers who are undergoing persecution. As we look in today’s verse, we cannot read it without wondering what is “this” that Peter is referring to. We have to read verse 20 to get a hint of it:
1 Peter 2:20
20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
We are coming to the end of the “Makers” Series. One of the words we heard often during this series was the word “INTENTIONALITY”. You are not an accident. God created each and every one of us uniquely and intentionally; there is purpose in our lives in this world.
For a first century Jew, to follow a rabbi meant to “be covered with the dust of his feet”, in other words, to follow him so closely that it implied the one being discipled would begin the process of becoming like him by following closely in his footsteps. As Christians we are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus – to even be willing to suffer for doing good and endure it, like He did.
Withstanding suffering does not happen because we are masochists, or because we take pride in suffering, or because we need to prove something to someone. Like Jesus, withstanding suffering is a selfless act. “(…) because Christ suffered for you”. Jesus knew the why behind it all- He suffered so that we could be set free.
Are you suffering from doing good and/or because of your faith in Christ? Do not lose heart.
1 Peter 4:13
13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Thoughts for the day
- What is God saying to you in this passage?
- How can you apply what God is saying to you today?
- Is there anyone you can share this truth with?
Think of another person in your life who needs God to move in their situation. Ask for God to be at work. Approach the Lord of all with boldness today, knowing that he delights in you, and those you love.