Meeting Trials and Tribulations
A Sermon on 1 Peter 1:13
Called to Be Holy
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV)
Persecution of Christians for their faith is on the rise around the world. It's not limited by geography or governmental laws. How can we stand strong in the face of opposition? Is it better to ignore the issues, or should we face them head-on? Paul the Apostle acknowledges that, far from encountering less trials, Christians will have more tribulations than those who aren’t saved. Our trials come from striving to live godly in a world that hates anything that resembles God's holiness. But yet, we are still called to rejoice. This can be hard to do, and maybe you have struggled with finding joy while going through a hard time. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Christians, while talking about the joy and peace Jesus gives us, often encounter trials the same way the world does— despairing and anxious. In this way, our testimony does not line up with how we live our lives. In 1 Peter 3, the author challenges us to conquer this defeatist mindset, not by building up positive emotion, but rather by “girding up the loins” of our mind and by choosing to dwell on the greatness of our salvation. We often think too lightly about our salvation, but we are encouraged to fight this and preach the gospel to ourselves. God is our sovereign Father, and our eternal inheritance in Him is guaranteed! When we think on this, how can we dwell in anxiety and fear?