November 11, 20130 comments
“Servants, Masters, and the Example of Christ” from 1 Peter 2:18-25. You can listen to the sermon here.
Have you ever faced a situation where you knew that if you did the right thing, you would suffer for it? Not a situation where you might suffer for doing something wrong, but a situation where you might suffer for doing something right. Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But I think we could all agree that it sounds hard, doesn’t it? The prospect of suffering for doing what is right – that’s a hard thing.
When you drill down into our passage this morning, that’s what these verses are about. This passage is about doing right even when it causes you to suffer. In that sense, this is a hard text. But the difficulty increases a little when we realize the context of the verses. Peter is writing to servants or slaves. You see it there in v18 – “Servants be subject to your masters.” Peter is telling Christian servants to submit themselves to their masters. Now, in God’s mercy, none of us are servants or slaves, so we might be tempted to think that this passage doesn’t apply to us. And we would be mistaken. Peter may be writing directly to servants, but his instructions to those servants apply to all Christians. All Christians – regardless of culture, regardless of position in life – all Christians are called by God to suffer for doing good.
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