Last night, I had the chance to lead church planning crew with a short (10 min) devotional. I thought I would post it here for you.
1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For,
“whoever desires to love life,
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.”
From the First half of the Scripture, what phrase(s) stand out to you?
From the Second half of the Scripture, what phrase(s) stand out to you?
As I prepared for the lesson today, I couldn’t help but notice all of the conflict and strife in the world. This world is one that feeds on this conflict (inter-personal and inter-national). We watch nations fight nations, politicians fight politicians, and Christians fight Christians.
But this lent, we are called to something else- something revolutionary- aren’t we?
We are on a road pointed directly at a cross; a cross holding the greatest of peacemakers. The cross bore the weight of love and justice. A cross baring hope.
We are on a journey through the dark in search of this hope, and in search of this justice.
In our surrender, we are given a chance to use “Prophetic Imagination.” That is the desire, or ability to see the world the way Christ sees it- redeemed and restored. We are invited to share this with others. We are called, and reminded, during this lenten season to live out sacrifice and allow our sacrifice to speak into the darkness of our world.
How might we live out creative justice in our world? How can we use 1 Peter 3 as a measuring stick?