Though you have not seen him you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him, and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:8,9).
The believer’s greatest joy is God’s outcome.
And the Apostle Peter encouraged its lasting affect. That through the resurrection of Jesus Christ these ‘elect exiles,’ Christians, obtained something of immeasurable and imperishable value. A living hope. An everyday hope in Christ.
A written testimony of Jesus’ resurrection and returning. For those of us holding on to what cannot be taken away. “An inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,” (1:4).
And until that time difficulties wouldn’t define but refine, that daily routines wouldn’t confine but result in praise and honor and glory (1:6,7). A faith led not by their darkest days or tomorrow’s forecast but a loving trust in their unseen Savior. A rejoicing in Christ and in the power of God.
What’s it like to know that God knows, and rejoice? It’s JESUS: “…In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). God is as sure of your right now and tomorrow as he is of his Son’s return.
The stay at home mother who is rushed into her family’s routine right after morning prayer has an outcome exceeding just getting a few hours of sleep at the end of the day because she has faith in Christ, her Savior who did not have a place to lay his head (Matthew 8:20).
It’s our routines and circumstances in Christ that bring us, ultimately, to God’s outcome. We are joyously joined to our Savior’s life here and in eternity.
A Patient Peace
We, in direct Christ-likeness are faith-destined to what we can’t yet see. And it’s not a simple resolve, just the opposite, it’s a tested determination. Jesus promises a peace in him leaving (his suffering on the Cross) and in him returning (the salvation for our souls).
“So also you have sorrow now, but I [Jesus] will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).
Unlimited Praise, Honor, and Glory
Peter writes this letter that we Christians would continue to grow in our faith despite adversity. For us to pursue Jesus through the Holy Spirit, through the supply of his unlimited praise, honor, and glory. That there are eternal results in living a life of faith and hope, in Christ.
So let’s go Christians, we live His return!