1 Peter 1:3-21
3)Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4)to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5)who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6)In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7)so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8)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, 9)obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10)Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully 11)inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12)It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. 13)Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14)As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15)but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16)since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17)And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18)knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19)but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20)He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21)who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
A marathon is a taxing race. The runner must overcome muscle cramps, blisters, and the urge to quit. But each step reaffirms his commitment to keep going until he triumphantly crosses the finish line.
In many ways, this is what the Christian life is like. It’s not a fast sprint to heaven but a long, obedient marathon. There are obstacles that could cause us to stumble and burdens we need to lay aside so we can run unencumbered.
The one word that summarizes our earthly race is endurance. This term implies going through something difficult without quitting. It includes the concept of abiding under hardship with patient, sustaining perseverance. Christ hasn’t promised us an easy life. In fact, He told His disciples, “In the world you have tribulation” (John 16:33).
How can we keep going? The answer is to fix our eyes on Jesus, not on the…
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