Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Key verses: (8-9) 8 Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Reflection: A driver’s license examiner told about a teenager who had just driven an almost perfect test. “He made his only mistake,” said the examiner, “when he stopped to let me out of the car. After breathing a sigh of relief, the boy exclaimed, ‘I’m sure glad I don’t have to drive like that all the time!’”
I don’t like sharing a story that I have not experienced, but I thought it was hysterical. I imagine many of us leaving church, taking off our Sunday jewelry or sport coat saying something similar. On Sunday, we look, talk and act in a manner that leads others to believe we are genuine disciples of Jesus. Then Monday begins and we can no longer see Jesus. Every day we should rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy. Not because of anything we do but because of everything God does.
That does not mean we need to wear our Sunday clothes every day. It means that regardless of the day, people around us should feel the love of God through us.
Prayer: God of life and love, enter into our lives today with your Holy Spirit that we might get carried away with an indescribable joy. May you act in us and through us this day and everyday. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].