“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:22-23
Daily Devotional Series
Victory Over Suffering Day 3
Reading: 1 Peter 1:13 – 2:3
I am going to tell a story about my nephew without his knowledge. I usually don’t do this. But it is one of the greatest stories of transformation I have ever seen. Growing up, he was scared of everything. He could have been hired as a young boy in risk management. He saw danger everywhere. On the playground, he would take careful anxious steps on obstacles while other children, even his little brother, would fly past him. He always played it safe. Then during one of our annual family reunions, we spent several days in La Bufadora down in Baja, MX.
Not too far from where we were staying was a nice camp park that had many things to do, including a quarter mile long zip lines. Some of the adults and the cousins old enough wanted to do the zip lines. He wanted to go. His mother warned him that if he got up there and wanted to turn around, good luck. He said he would do it. He wasn’t afraid. He was lying. He climbed to the first release point and did not want to go. But his mother stuck to her guns. Eventually, he went. After an afternoon of zip lines and navigating hanging, obstacle bridges, he finished. Without dying.
He has never been the same since. Fear is no longer a part of his vocabulary. No longer encumbered by fear, he has the freedom to become the person God has made him to be. This young man’s high school rugby team just won the state championship. Rugby. No more fear.
When you experience the risen Christ, your life should not be the same. Peter tells us that it should be such a watershed moment that our lives would be rid of all the junk, “all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind” and replaced by the sincerest and deepest love towards others. Not just towards your relatives and friends but towards everyone. That love is a mark of a follower of Jesus (John 13:34-35).