by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Being a child of God has an impact on how we live our lives each day… when we remember it. We have a new relationship with God, and a new identity. We also have new privileges and a new future. Believing this helps us, especially on days that are tremendously difficult. Peter knew this as he wrote 1 Peter to Christians facing great hardship. He will put this together for us today.
Take a few minutes sitting with Jesus. Again, hand Him the things that are crying for your attention. Ask Him to bless your time in His Word.
Read 1 Peter 1:3-5 three times out loud.
Do any words or truths stand out to you? Talk with Jesus about them.
V. 3 Peter refers to God as “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” But in v. 2 Peter began his letter referring to God as “God the Father” Who is Father not only of Jesus but of all of His people. He has caused us to be born again (have His new life alive in us) through Jesus’ resurrection. What do you say to Him for this gift to you?
V.4 We have been born into “an inheritance.” This is clearly the right of children. We are God’s children if we are His heirs. Think about it: what qualifies someone to receive an inheritance? Is it their goodness, wisdom, competence, or experience? Or is it who they are?
You have become a child of God by the grace of God’s choice. This means you will receive His inheritance. How do you feel about this? Tell Him.
What do we know about this inheritance?
V.5-7 While we have an incredible inheritance, a great gift for our future, we may be living in a time of trial today. How does the promise of this help us when we face difficulties? Ask God to give you insight on this? You might want to read this passage again, letting its promise sink in.
What are “trials” you are facing these days? What effect do they have upon you? Confess those to God. (What I mean is admit to Him what you are struggling with, how it makes you feel, and what you are tempted to do as a result.)
How does the prospect of your inheritance change how these trials feel to you today? Ask Him to help you keep eternity in mind as you manage these challenges. Take some time with this.
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the adopting love of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!