Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chewsday: 1st Peter

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

In a time of extreme capitalistic materialism, financial desperation, and oppressive poverty, there is no better news than Peter's declaration that we have been given a living hope and an indestructible treasure through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus. It is so easy to get hung up on silly things, whether they be financial, relational, or whatever else, but to know that the outcome of simple, childlike faith is the salvation of my soul is satisfying and good. 

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