God changes us. The World fights us.

God changes us. The World fights us.

Cori Forcey posted in Daily Devotions on Monday, August 8, 2022

Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 - 1 Peter 4:1-11

When I was in middle school I remember attending an event called “See You at the Pole,” and there were quite a few students there. This was one of the only events at school that was openly Christian. My memories of it so many years later are quite vague, but I do remember feeling at that moment that I was part of something bigger than myself. I also remember very distinctly being sad that it felt like the only time that I had an opportunity to act out my faith at school.  

A: I was very wrong. (A 12-year-old's brain has some limitations.) 
B: As a middle school student, I likely wasn’t prepared for what that would have meant for me.  

Peter here tells us a lot about what it looks like to be a Christian in the world. First of all, it changes everything. Look at verse 2. When God’s desires become our desires everything changes. I was far from that as a 6th grader. (I am often far from that today.) We know that people don’t like change, or at least they struggle with it. When God changes you, people will notice. Most often, as Peter identifies in verse 4, people will respond negatively because you are messing with their normal. The 6th-grade me would not have dealt well with this either.  

But Peter identifies that this will happen and calls us to rise above it. First, love! Then continue to use your gifts! The Holy Spirit does amazing things, and Holy Spirit has gifted us to serve God and serve one another. Peter is giving us the tools to not be discouraged by the way people of the world respond to us living as Christians. I’ve grown a lot since 6th grade, but persevering through this can still be hard. Lean on God, and follow Peter’s guidance. Always love.  

Questions for reflection: 

  1. Has everything changed for you? If not, what is one step you can take to further your relationship with God? 
  2. How have you been treated when you have chosen Jesus over the world? Reflect on how you felt. 
  3. How does Jesus walk with us even when we are persecuted?