1 Peter 2:9-10, 23-25
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 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… When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Don’t we all love encouragement, positive messages and happy endings? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everything was like in cartoons or those wonderful happy ending books which always left us wishing our lives were the same? The horrible reality is that even though God wanted us to have a happy life, we choose not to because we want to be the director, actor, costume designer, writer and the recipient of all the glory from the world. We like Adam and Eve want to take charge of our lives and therefore lose our way because we can only see the here and now as we are time bound. In this broken world, how can God call us a royal priesthood or a people of God? Is there any hope for us?

Jesus in His final moments suffered like no one else could not only because He was physically hurt but because He was being accused of sins He never committed, His accusers were those He came to save, He was bound by love for His father and His people that required Him to undergo the indignity He suffered and the only consolation was that He knew He would be back with His father having fulfilled his purpose and having made a way possible for His own to come to the Father through Him. We are those that He came to save and when we submit our lives and will to Him and His Lordship, we are transformed into His people and are crowned with His glory for we are partakers of His suffering. We do live the life of perfect endings because we now know that we will spend eternity with Christ but for that joy, we need to undergo the challenges of this world because we are now a people filled with His love for those around us and our joy is to direct everyone to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls!

In His Loving Service,

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

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  1. Vineet, I love this thought: “We do live the life of perfect endings because we now know that we will spend eternity with Christ.” This knowledge makes the trials and tribulations of this world bearable. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      For us to explain this to the world is such a challenge and sometimes it gets frustrating too but when we see a change of just one heart, it makes it all worth it. I’ve lost many friends but God has gained a few souls and that makes life worth it in the end 🙂 Thank you for being such a wonderful encourager.
      In Christ,

  2. This flows so good with Linda’s post today, about struggles and trials only being temporary. Up ahead is that perfect time of happily ever after. May we not lose heart and know that we have more than enough in Jesus, right now. Thank you! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      The simple joy you have of knowing and loving God is beyond the greatest joys the world can give us. Thank you for displaying your addictive love for Christ in your life and your poems. Thank you for blessing me with your encouragement.
      In Christ,

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