Lent Devotional: 1 Peter 1:3-9
by Jonathan Haefs
1 Peter 1:3-9 (click here to read the entire passage)
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, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials… (1 Peter 1:3-6)
My son Levi loves Legos. I mean… he LOVES Legos.
I played with Legos as a kid and had a blast doing so… but I never came close to the passion that my eldest son displays for those interlocking pieces of plastic. Levi is quite skilled at his craft and blows my mind quite often with his creative creations. There’s just one problem…
Levi has two younger brothers.
You know the logical result of such a situation. Like monsters ripping through a city in a doomsday film, those two little boys are can totally destroy hours of Levi’s work in a matter of seconds… and they do… often.
So recently, I built Levi a set of shelves… high up… out of the reach of the two mini-monsters live in our house. Now his creations are safe, kept, guarded… unable to be destroyed by the chaos lurking below.
In a much greater and grander way, God has done the same thing with our salvation, our eternal life in Christ! We live in a world that often feels like a doomsday film (especially as of late). The fragility of our way of life and of our very lives is being constantly held before us these days. The 24-hour news cycle constantly reports that our world is indeed full of monsters and chaos.
We are a people grieved by trials.
But our God has purchased an eternal life of joy in Jesus for us! He entered into our chaotic world, took on every monster it has to offer, and on the greatest day of doom he wrestled death itself into the grave. With his own blood, our God defeated sin, death, and the devil so that forgiveness, life, and Christ might be ours forever!
This is our inheritance and it is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading! It is unable to be touched by the “mini-monsters” of this world because it is being kept “high up” out of their reach… “kept in heaven for you.”
And it will be ours for we too are being kept!
1 Peter 1:5 (one of my favorite verses) declares that we are being guarded, kept by God’s power! We may live in the chaotic-doomsday-monster-filled-world, but from God’s perspective these trials last only a little while, for our eternal life of joy is kept and guarded on the “shelf of heaven,” securely ours forever.
Eternal joy in Jesus is ours! And this empowers us to rejoice even now, pointing our chaotic world to Christ!
“…[you], by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials…”
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