I Peter 1:6-7 – In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…
Jesus changes everything. And coming to know Jesus changes how we think, experience and process everything we encounter in life. The good, the bad and the ugly – it all looks differently if we see it in light of the “revelation of Jesus Christ”.
Following Jesus doesn’t mean we won’t face difficulties. It means that when we face them, we can face them with a completely different perspective. When we allow the the God revealed in Christ to inform our view of trials and difficulties, we can do so with the assurance of at least three things:
1. We never face difficulty alone. Christ is the God who is always with us in the fiery trials of life. Just as the three Hebrew boys learned, we’re never alone. He is the fourth man in the fire with us.
2. This trial is going to produce something good in us. The testing will produce a faith that is like pure gold. If you lean into God through a difficult season, the fire will burn impurities out of you. It may feel like the fire has come to destroy you, but it has actually come to purify you. Your “momentary, light affliction is working for you . . . a greater weight of glory.” (2 Cor 4:17)
3. God will have the last word. Resurrection constantly reminds us that God gets the final say. What you are going through is not the final word. Because of Jesus, we know that resurrection and glory always get the final word.
“When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1 Peter 1:7 The Message
– Pastor Jay and Pastor Sissi