1 Peter 1
“To those who are elect exiles of the Dispsersion…” Peter begins his letter. He is writing to people who have been displaced. People who are no longer in the comfort of home, their community, the familiar. Temporary residents in a foreign land. It is a letter of encouragement…to keep going even while it is hard. To hang in there, that better days are ahead.
As Christians we too are displaced from our true home. We are temporarily separated from the way things should be. Do you ever look around and just feel hopeless? Do you see the effects of sin, the pain and suffering, the devil’s effective manipulations and lies, the evil and cultural hostility, and just want to give up? Do you wonder if it is all worth it?
If so, this letter is for you too. Peter’s words to hang in there is for us. We have a living hope. We have an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading. It is kept in heaven for us, currently being guarded, ready to be revealed at just the right time. Peter tells us we have something to rejoice about, though now for a little while we may be grieved by various trials.
The chaos around us, the news we hear, the hatred and division we see can be debilitating. But we have something greater to look to instead. Peter says we should prepare our minds for action, and being sober-minded, setting our hope FULLY on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
If you are feeling despair at the circumstances around you, place your hope on Jesus. Fix your eyes on the inheritance being guarded for you. Hang in there. Better days are coming.
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