I’ve been feeling quite tired and weary lately, very much looking forward to a bit of a break, and struggling to be godly.
I’ve been praying for things like being able to submit, to be humble, to have a gentle and quiet spirit, for perseverance, to be more Christ-like, and to just keep trusting and growing in God.
Then I read 1 Peter, as suggested by the organisers of the AFES Apprentice conference coming up this weekend, and a few verses stood out:
1:7 – These (trials) have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1:19-20 – For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you… but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
2:21 – To this (bearing up under unjust suffering, conscious of God, v19) you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
3:1,3,4 – Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands … Your beauty… should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
3:15-16 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…
4:8, 10, 11b – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins… Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms… If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
4:19 – So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
5:2-4 – Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
I know that these things will take time and that I have more thinking to do, but I am thankful for God’s word and the way he keeps tying things I’m thinking about with things I read in the bible.