TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
1 Peter 2:11–3:7
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
1 Peter 2:21 (ESV) “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
In our Bible reading today, we came across 1 Peter 2:18-25. It begins as a word to servants but quickly expands to all believers and then finishes with the example of Jesus that we are to follow. It is in this text that we find our Verse for Today.
Essentially, this text assumes that bad things will happen in this life. Injustice will take place. Further, we may be the recipient of injustices and we need to know how to respond.
So, what are we to do? Becoming like Jesus means that we do what He did. Our Verse for Today tells us what He did when He was the object of injustice.
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)
We are called to endure injustice just as Jesus, our Master, enduring injustice. Becoming like Him means that we will do what He did.
This is a huge, huge subject. All sorts of other questions arise.
“Are there ever any circumstances in which we can defend ourselves?”
“What is the ultimate goal that we are to aim at when determining whether or not to defend ourselves?”
“Is it Christlike to always defend those under our care?”
Those are great questions and a well-rounded Christian worldview demands an answer.
Yet, we need to hear the powerful words of our Verse for Today and be reminded of the fact that as Jesus-followers, we need to realize that there will be times that we need to endure injustice patiently. In doing so, we will bear a striking resemblance to Jesus who we are striving to follow and imitate.