Peter explains our call to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, who, in his suffering, left us an example that we might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, uttered no deceit, and never reviled in return for wrongdoing. Rather, he entrusted himself to the Father who judges justly. He bore in his body our sins on the tree, in order that we now might die to sin and live to righteousness, and we are healed by his wounds. Though in times past we were going astray, wandering without guidance or aid, now we have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls.
Jesus was berated, humiliated, abused, beaten, tortured, and killed. Not once did he speak a word of anger, hatred, or revenge. In fact, he begged the Father’s forgiveness for his murderers, because they did not understand what they were doing.
God our Father, though we face suffering, we pray that we would follow the example of Jesus.
Abraham was a man of faith. His faith produced obedience, and his obedience exemplified honest worship. Our worship, too, must be driven by obedience and faith, because faith that is drawn out of a heart of worship will always pass the test – no matter how difficult.
~ Vernon Whaley, Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of Our Response to God’s Call. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. p. 52.
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