BCL Grow: Called to Suffer — 1 Peter 2:21
1 Peter 2:21 (Sanctification)
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. — 1 Peter 2:21
“In short, the call of Christ comes in this time of his kingdom while his longsuffering is waiting and while men are being gathered in from the byways of the world to God’s feast. Christ has entered his glory, but he calls on us to share his sufferings. We canot suffer in the place of others to bear their sins, but we must suffer for the sake of others, for all those who will form the church of Christ, his body.” — Called to the Ministry, Edmund P. Clowney, p. 17.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: In this age, while you wait for Christ’s return, what is the calling of a Christian? Is it to live a prosperous life, or is it a calling that involves suffering?
2. Remember: Following Christ means following in his footsteps, following in his suffering. It means taking up the cross of suffering and renouncing all other loves (Luke 14:27, 33) in favor of loving God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength (Matt. 22:37). Following Christ comes with a cost—the cost of suffering (Luke 14:28-32). It means thinking of others as more important than yourself (Phil. 2:3) and looking out for their interests. The example for us is Christ himself, who emptied himself of everything he had and obeyed God the Father even to the point of death on the cross. He suffered to save his people. So we also suffer in our calling to serve him and others.
3. Rejoice: Though this life is one of suffering for followers of Christ Jesus, it is but for a moment when compared to the eternal glory awaiting all those who are in Christ by faith. When he returns, the suffering of his people ends—no more tears, no more death, no more mourning nor crying nor pain (Rev. 21:4). Rejoice in the love of God, for he always keeps his promises.
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