1 Peter 3:13-18
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.

As I interact with people at work, in my neighborhood, through common friends, etc. I have come to realize that there are two different worlds we live in because our calling and motivations are different. The two worlds are diametrically opposite because of who heads each world and it is obvious. Two challenges we face in living in both worlds are to be able to determine which side we are on and then to hold to our beliefs for the glory of the way we believe is right. I am a christian and I find that as much as I try, my calling requires me to stand apart from those who are not and show them the one who called me from darkness into light. The result is that I face the jeers of those who are not Christian as they are happy being in their skin and living in their knowledge or lack of. What does God have to say to those of us who He has saved from the darkness into His light?
Jesus during His ministry here on earth lived to glorify God and that was His only agenda. He was often challenged for His statements and actions and when appropriate, He countered those questions with apt replies or counter questions with the purpose of directing His challengers to God. The consequence was that the world condemned Him to die a death fit only for the worst of sinners and He bore the cross gladly because He knew that death’s sting would not quiet Him but instead create a way for sinners to come to God through His resurrection. As we follow Jesus, do we face criticism for our belief or do we not live Christ in our lives to be challenged by the world? If we do face challenges to our faith, are we equipped with the word of God to respond back in love? God reminds us again today that we are not to be afraid for He is at the helm of our lives and furthermore, that we have the assurance of eternity with Him in heaven through Jesus’ blood shed for us.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

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Comments
  1. Vineet, I love the title of this post: “The Death of Fear.” It is the devil who makes us fearful of what others will think our say so that he might keep us from being a light to the world. But God calls us to not fear over and over again in scripture so that we might never forget. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      Yes, the devil sure knows how to keep us guessing and confused. It is hard to keep the devil at bay because he is in our mortal flesh but knowing that we are dead to sin and the devil and alive in Christ is so comforting. Thank you for your kind words.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. So thankful that God equips us to respond in love, as we follow Him! Our response will not be like what one would think it should be . . .that’s how we know it’s His work and words! God bless you and I thank you for equipping us with His word today! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      I am amazed by how the same God works so differently in each of our lives and yet brings us all together to give Him glory. By us, I am referring to his saved children and by different I am referring to our ways of praising God like your poetry, Linda’s study of the word, Jim’s stories of encouragement, etc. So diverse, yet so singular in purpose and person.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

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