Greater worth than gold
Where have you been placing your hope recently? Have you been hoping for lockdown to end? Hoping for a cure? Hoping for friends and family to be ok?
Or have you been struggling to hope at all?
In 1 Peter 1.3-7, Peter tells us to hope in our future as Christians.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice
God has promised us, through Christ, an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. Everything on earth will one day perish, spoil and fade. But our inheritance is not kept on earth but in heaven. So we can trust it will still be there, even on the other side of lockdown.
And because of this, we can rejoice in faith despite our circumstances because we know that our circumstances are temporary but our future is not.
But we can also have hope right now in the present. Peter goes on to say:
though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
These times are filled with all kinds of trials. I don’t know what grief or trials you may be facing right now. Maybe you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. Maybe you’re struggling with your mental health. Maybe you’re overwhelmed with the suffering you’re witnessing. Maybe you’re lonely. Or anxious. Or sick. Or tired. There are all kinds of trials right now. Whatever trial you are experiencing, know that:
7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Your suffering is not meaningless. Your perseverance through these trials proves the genuineness of your faith and this faith is of greater worth than gold. It will not perish, and it will result in praise when Christ returns.
By Liam Chilton, St John’s music coordinator
Father, thank you for your mercy in giving us an inheritance through Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Give us hope for the future and in our present circumstances.