“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” (Reference: 1 Peter 1:17-22 [Emphasis mine])
God did a great deal for us. God does not give favor to the wealthy or the influential; anyone can come to God and receive grace and mercy. God gave us the means to be forgiven of all things and start anew – each time we need to start anew. Respect God! For while God may not respect “persons”, God loves all of creation. Historic Anabaptist Jerome Segers wrote his wife in a letter, “My dear wife, cease not to serve the Lord thy God with the whole heart, and to follow His footsteps . . . Therefore, my dear wife, give diligence that you pass the time of your sojourning here in fear and trembling (1 Pet. 1:17); not with such fear and trembling as that we should fear the world, and tremble before it, because they rage so against us; but we are to fear and tremble before the Lord, so that we shall keep His commandments and statutes, and thus pass the time of our sojourning here in the fear of the Lord, and receive the end of our faith, even the salvation of our souls; then shall we rejoice forever with the Lord, and go to meet Him in the resurrection of the dead.”
Something I have thought about over and over in the past several years is that we are only “sojourning” on this earth. Yet we live as if this world is the only reality, the only thing we will experience. And if we do not take up the “treasures” and “pleasures” of this world, we will have missed the best that there is. I admit, beloved, I get so caught up in living in this world that I too forget that. Then I remember. And I feel embarrassed and ashamed. It is my sincere hope and prayer that these daily postings help you to remember what we should really be doing and striving for in this life. Writing about these things helps me to remember. I pray reading them helps to remind you. Selah!