- Rev. Eric D. Naus
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As “sojourners and exiles” (2:11), God’s people are to keep their conduct honorable so that God will be glorified. Perhaps the most difficult time to do this is when experiencing unjust suffering. But there is hope in such difficult circumstances when we obey God and follow Jesus’ example.
The most important thing about you is not how you think about yourself, but how God thinks about you. Our view of ourselves is influenced by things that have little, if any, eternal significance: our jobs, appearance, wealth, past, or education. God’s view of us is based on eternal truths: who He has made us to be and what He has done for us.
Understanding our new identity in Christ provides the foundation for a growing relationship with God and others, and gives us the perspective we need to have a more accurate view of ourselves.
While in itself one long journey, life is also full of smaller journeys whereby God leads us from one place to the next. How we approach those journeys makes a huge difference in the lives we live.
As Christians, we can trust God to lead and guide us, and thus we can enjoy the journey He has us on—but joy in the journey is a decision. We must choose joy.
Today I give thanks to God, to my wife and family, and to the Elders, pastoral staff, and congregation. In the words of Paul, I commend you to:
1. The hands of God
2. The Word of His grace
3. The power of His Spirit
4. The reward of His people