1 Peter 2:19-21
“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.” vs. 21
Being called to discipleship brings amazing benefits. Purely by grace we have forgiveness of sins and hope for the future. More than that, we have become a part of the Church, the very Body of Christ, and are his presence in the world…such a calling is both an honor and a privilege. Now we know that these blessings are ours because of Christ’s suffering and death. As scripture puts it, “We have been bought with a price,” and we’re mostly pretty grateful for the gift. At least we’ve grown accustomed to having the cross as the center of our faith. But some of us know that there’s another side to discipleship, and that there’s a price tag attached. As some have put it, “Grace is free, but it’s not cheap!” Not only did Christ suffer, but so will we! As Peter puts it, Christ suffered for us as an example, so that we should follow in his steps. In other words, a part of our journey as a disciple will involve suffering. Now, not everyone becomes a martyr and it’s not likely any of us will be crucified. Still, pain is going to be a part of our faith journey. But in spite of that, the neat thing about the call is that, regardless of circumstances, we will be living the one, true life…and that gift can only be called priceless!
Thought for the Day: What has my discipleship cost me?