Scripture to Read: 1 Peter 5:1
As we ended 1 Peter 4, realizing all of us will go through suffering of some kind, we must still choose to walk in a manner that pleases our Lord, always remembering that He will never fail us. As believers, we've put our trust in God the Father through Christ our Lord. Christ has given us His Holy Spirit so that as we suffer, we keep on obeying our Lord and trust our lives to Him. As we continue in 1 Peter, God then led Peter to address the elders in the church by writing: 1 Peter 5:1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed. So, God had Peter let it be known that he was also an elder. But God then had Peter take it to another level by letting everyone know that he was also an up-close and personal witness to the sufferings of Christ. Because we have the complete revelation of God's Word, we know that Peter saw Christ suffer in the garden of Gethsemane, in His scourging, and even on the cross. Peter's testimony was strong because he was an eyewitness to Christ's sufferings. Our testimony is also strong because we are eyewitnesses of God's transforming power in our own lives. God also had Peter tell every believer that he would share in Christ's glory when Christ is fully revealed. The good news is that all believers will share in Christ's glory when Christ is revealed because every believer belongs to Him.
Challenge & Application
1. How are you walking in a manner that pleases our Lord each day?
2. Since you are a witness to Christ’s transforming work in your life, how are you sharing with others what He’s doing in you?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!