1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times
By: Sue Edwards
Complete Lesson 3 (pages 28-35)
Rejoice That You Rock: 1 Peter 2:4-10
Tell us about your ministry. What have you been called to do?
Different from past seasons in my life, the ministry the Lord has entrusted me to do is from home. I have had my mother-in-law living with us since June of last year. She is 88 years old and has Alzheimer’s. Since she can’t live alone and care for herself, we rearranged our house to accommodate caring for her. At first, I felt more restricted and in some ways I am with the 24-hour care responsibilities. Recently though the Lord has opened my eyes to see that He has brought people to me. We have 3 companions and 1bath aide that come weekly, and for the next 3-4 weeks we have Occupational and Physical Therapists coming in twice a week. We have been in a care-taking season for almost a decade now so we know the therapists and companions well.
I have learned that caretakers, companions, therapists, whoever they are, are all human beings in need. The only variable is their needs and ways to minister to them. I get to be a blessing to them in ways I can’t share, but I also am blessed by them as well. We get to talk about the Lord; we express praying for each other. They are a gift to us and I strive to remind them of that always. God has given them to us to be touched by His love and presence that really goes beyond comprehension.
My life is blessed with having a faithful friend. She is faithful first to the Lord, her family and has been walking with me through the hilltops and valleys. We meet weekly to do Bible study, share our hearts, pray for each other and fellowship together. During the week we stay in touch frequently in various ways, touching base as we are able on Sunday mornings as well.
In 1 Peter 2:9 you are called by not one but four names: "you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God." Which one of these speaks the most to you and why?
1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV
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
When I first read this verse, I wanted to grasp a better understanding of the four names: chosen people, royal priesthood, holy nation and a people belonging to God. As I meditated and looked up these words, I found them to be rich with meaning. The first words are adjectives: chosen, royal and holy. Then the words: people, priesthood, nation, belonging are all nouns. This is who we are and not what we do, and that spoke to my heart. These four names are not separate to me, but four threads that are intrinsically woven together to make an awesome tapestry that reflects the glory of God.
What do you think is the key from keeping your past from exercising power over your present or future?
The key has been continuously being in the Word of God, learning to have daily time with Him, seeking out Bible studies that challenge me to obediently follow Him and accountability with another Christian woman.