i peter 1:8-9 “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.”
peter reminds the believers that they are living the real christian life: loving God, believing in Him, and finding joy in Him- thus receiving salvation. these three things seem simple; these three elements of our christian life, but we often forget. well let me not categorize all believers with me.
maybe you never focus on ministry, on doing things for God and forget about just loving, believing and finding joy in Him. maybe you never get caught up in the things of life here on earth: parenting, churching, working, attending all manner of children’s sports events, recitals, school activities, baking cookies for every event known to school, church and community…maybe you never get lost in defeat, frustration, loneliness.
perhaps you consistently keep your eyes on Jesus; perhaps you are not like peter who sank below the waves of doubt, fear, and distrust. i shouldn’t put us all in the same boat; because we all have a different life going. but i as for me, i sometimes forget; i sometimes get busy; i may lose sight of the reality of my life which could be summed up in these: love Jesus, believe Him, find my joy in Him. and as for peter, who knew the heavy weight of forgetting, denying, and losing sight of his love for Christ, his belief, and his joy. i need this reminder. we need this stake in our christianity, this stone pillar in the desert, a simple admonition.
love, believe, joy- a faith that produces salvation.
more info and questions:
what do you know about the invisible God? (1peter1:8) john 20:29, deuteronomy 4:39, psalm 8, micah 7:18
can you make a list of His attributes and characteristics that will spur you on to love, believe, and find even more joy?
dwell on the life you have in Christ this week; and who He is that we might love Him, believe Him, and find our inexpressible joy in Him!
song link- god of the ages