Good For God
I feel blessed to be a citizen of the United States because of our country's stance on freedom of religion
. That being said, however, the social climate in the US is not overly friendly to those who have chosen to place their faith in Christ. Openly proclaiming that you are a "Christ-follower" won't win you any popularity contests, and often brings with it ridicule, insults, mocking and even discrimination.
Peter tells us that trials and opposition are a given once we place our faith in Christ and dedicate our lives to doing good for God. He then reminds us that our trials parallel, to a lesser degree, what Jesus experienced and endured while here on earth. So when we suffer for the sake of being a Christian, we can remain steadfast and joyful, and in so doing, highlight and bring glory to God.
"Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good" (vs. 19).
How are you doing at living out 1 Peter 4:19 and doing "good for God" even through difficult circumstances? What most helps you remain steadfast and joyful when your faith is under fire?
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