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Called to Eternal Glory!

Scripture reading for December 18th: 1st Peter 1-5

Peter was the leader of the band of apostles.  He boasted of his faithfulness to the Lord and ended up denying Him three times.  As he ended his life, he wrote about suffering and glory and how Christ would come again.  He always encouraged believers to stay faithful.  He was aware of suffering that came with following Christ but always kept his eyes on the goal of seeing Christ when  He came again!

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.  If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and God rests on you.” (1st Peter 4:12-14)  Suffering is a part of living for Jesus Christ.  Just as Jesus Christ Himself suffered persecution, we are promised persecution because of the name of Jesus that we bear.  We should not be surprised at this, but rejoice!  An attitude of joy is the choice we are to make.   Peter taught us that the Holy Spirit would rest on us and bring glory to God through our faithful and joyful endurance.

Peter had been an eyewitness of the sufferings and glory of Jesus Christ.  He was there at the transfiguration as well as the crucifixion and then the resurrection.  He was given a charge by Jesus to care for the lambs and feed His sheep.  (John 21:15-19)  In this light, Peter instructed the elders of the church to set a good example for the others in the church.  They should not lord their authority over others, but serve willingly as shepherds of the flock of God.  (1st Peter 5:1-4)  The Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, would soon appear and those who served faithfully would receive a crown of glory which would never fade away!

“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1st Peter 5:10-11)  The call to share Christ’s glory is foremost in Peter’s mind!  Let this word bring joy and encouragement today in your suffering or pain!

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