1 Peter 1:1-2a NIV 2011
To God’s elect, exiles scattered through out the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood.
Peter wrote to God’s wandering people to offer them encouragement. Through Christ’s atoning death each was saved for a purpose and given a faith filled future of hope. 1 Peter 2:10, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” God chose them according to His divine plan. Ezekiel 36:27, “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” The Father set them apart. The Spirit consecrated them. Jesus commissioned them. God’s purpose perfectly prevails.
There were times in my past when I wondered if God was there. Daily digging deeply into His Word I see He encourages me through His perfect purpose. Like the early church, each of us is called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Though never an evangelist, I’ve learned to weave Christ into my conversations with those I’m unsure know Jesus. It’s never easy, but I believe it’s His desire. God is using me to share His Truth; Jesus saves.
What is God’s purpose for your life?
God’s chosen to serve,