Five Ways This Lifestyle Reflects Christ In Me. (Part 2)

1 Peter 2:18:25

3. Called by God to Suffer for Christ
Verse 21a:”For you have been called for this purpose.”                                                                  Here the point is that this kind of non- retaliating, gracious, submissive behaviour is owing to a call from God.                                                                                                                                                                 “You have been called for this.                                                                                       Suffering unjustly in this world is not a coincidence for Christians; it’s a calling. 
He says it again in 3:9, “… not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”
Suffering with patience shows Christ because it is an answer to His calling; it is obedience to our vocation.  

4. Christ as Our Example
Verse 21b:“Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.”
Enduring unjust suffering patiently shows God because it makes the suffering of Christ real to people. People can see that this is the way Jesus was. Jesus said  “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). So this kind of attitude shows God by showing Christ his Son as an example that we follow in His steps.

5. Entrust Yourself to God Who Judges Righteously
Verse 23:“While being reviled, He [Jesus] did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.”
Here is one of the most important keys to how patient endurance of unjust suffering shows God. When we endure unjust suffering “for the sake of conscience toward God,” we are not saying justice doesn’t matter; we are saying  that God is the final judge and will settle accounts justly. My abuser will not have the last say. God will have the last say. This is why I don’t need to. I defer to God. As Peter says, “I entrust myself, and not just myself, but my cause and my accusers, and the whole situation and the justice that needs to be done―I hand it all over to God.”
So my agreement is not an indifference to justice. It is a way of saying that the safest place for retaliatory justice is in God’s hands, not mine. The powerful cry of my heart that I get my rights is handed over to God. If I am to be vindicated, it will be God who vindicates me “when he has tried and purged me duly” through suffering.



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