Sunday, June 13, 2010

Crazy Love

44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Matthew 13:44

3Praise 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, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9

These verses are so amazing and if you really read them through slowly, you can really tell how the authors hold such a reverence and a joy in their love for Christ. It just exudes out from every word on the page. The fact that Peter describes our faith as something of much "greater worth than gold, which perishes". So often we hunger for the things valued by the world: being accepted, having a stable income, having nice things, just worldly pleasures that temporarily satisfy us and pleasures that will perish, that will not last. But we fail to see and seek after Christ's love which will fill us "with an inexpressible and glorious joy".
Here at project we have meetings every night and they train us in different things such as a method to studying our bible, the value of prayer, how to evangelize and share our faith. The other day the minister from the church I go to at school came and talked with us during our bible study training meeting and he really dug into 1 Peter 1:13-17 and it was just really cool to see how we really can get so much out of just a few verses and then to think of how much we can learn from a whole book! But at the same time it is so restful also to just read the text and see how the authors cherish so much what they are writing about or who they are writing to and encouraging!

"9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10