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1 Peter 2:19-25

It is a sign of grace
If you suffer while doing right
But if you suffer while doing wrong
There’s no reason for you to fight

We don’t do what’s asked of us
In order to pay Caesar’s price
We walk forward humbly in Love
To reveal the Love of Christ

We don’t shake our fist and declare
“Jesus sets us free!
From following laws of men and so
We can live disobediently!”

But if, when showing love
Or offering unmerited grace
We find ourselves being cast aside
Or even just losing face

We look to our example
Christ – who did no wrong
Even though loving others
Put Him in chains He didn’t belong

He endured through suffering
Without demanding His rights
He trusted realities we couldn’t see
When others called Him to fight

By His wounds we have been healed
We, sheep who’d gone astray
So instead of asking “how can I be free?”
We’d ask “how can I Love?” today.

Luke 15:1-7

We see the mighty shepherd
Rejoice over His sheep
He sings over His flock with Love
Where no predators can creep

But sometimes He shifts His focus
To one whose wandered away
They didn’t stay within the flock
Or listen to what He’d say

His Loving heart compels Him
To go and seek the one
Even after much time has passed
And setting of the sun

His work He won’t have given up
He continues to pursue
No matter whether the sheep turns out
To be a lamb, a ram, or ewe

His eyes filled with emotion
He looks wherever He can
For losing even a single sheep
Wasn’t in His plan

The other sheep grow restless
Safely in their pen
They stamp their hooves indignantly
For the Shepherd to return again

We’ve heard the illustration
Perhaps one too many times
For we too quickly dismiss the fact
We may not be the ninety-nine…

1 Peter 2:13-17

All authority is an echo
Of the God who holds all things
We’re called to accept their position
And the justice it can bring

Whether the highest in command
Or their local representation
(But even as we honor these,
We are freed as a nation.)

We are actually a people
Globally set apart
Our citizenship lies not in flags
But in condition of the heart

Our freedom is not a pretext
To do whatever we please
But a way of living faithfully
No matter how blows the breeze

Whether storms and unrest surround us
From governors or Kings
We do not live in worry
About what the next day brings

We offer honor to all
From powerful and rich
To those who live beside us
To those without a stitch

We have a larger family
Than those who vote the same
We have been made New Creation
And all bow before His name.

1 Peter 2:9-12

The problem with finding you’re “chosen”
It makes you wonder who was not
And for this early new “people”
They needed reminded, a lot

It wasn’t that they didn’t have family
Each one had a mom and a dad
But following Jesus made each one let go
Of identities they previously had

Set free from what used to give them
Their bearings among so many others
It was good to remind them they now had
A plethora of sisters and brothers

This wasn’t some new way of being
That God just decided to try
This was what He’d been doing
Since Abraham and Moses came by

To be part of God’s “chosen people”
Even living far off among strangers
Gave important and real identity
As they worshipped the king from a manger

So now as a people shown mercy
Live as people from light marvelous
Turn away from the dark desires of flesh
Be encouraged, that you’re one with us.

Though they malign you as “different”
I assure you “different” is good
It sets you apart as one who is living
As God’s own royal priesthood.

Luke 14:12-14

It’s so simple we might have missed
What Jesus said to His host
Of course, He told him to invite those
Who have little reason to boast

Invite the poor, the crippled the lame
Even if you think they won’t come
Invite the ones who walk with a cane
Who can’t pay you back when you’re done

Relate to others outside of economy
Don’t worry what you get in return
We enjoy those around us and love genuinely
When receiving is not a concern.

“What if someone is blind and has money?”
Might be an obvious response.
Invite them because of God’s Love
Not because they can meet any of your wants

We’ve been invited to His feast together
And looking both ways down the table
We are seated with infinite others
None of whom is remotely able

Able to give back even a portion
In response to the banquet He’s spread
Especially when we pause to remember
He’s offered Himself as the bread

An exciting detail, that we might miss
As He gave instructions back then –
When speaking of throwing a party, you see,
He didn’t say “if”, he said “when”.

1 Peter 1:13-16

Therefore prepare your minds for action
Distractions that focus on satisfaction
Last for a moment and are gone
This is a song you were born to sing
So bring your whole self to the table
Everything you’re able to give
All with which you live

(And if you find yourself unable
Because you’ve already set the table
With a loss of self control
Sin has taken its toll
And you feel it deep in your soul:
Scroll. Up.)

Your soul is receiving salvation
A station broadcasting new creation
Your signal is attuned to His
Set aside for the purposes of Love
This is Kingdom life
Inside – not trying to hide
But begging to be revealed
For through it, all is healed
Called to be Holy.

That doesn’t mean everything perfect is,
It simply means understanding
Everything is His.

1 Peter 1:8-12

You are holding a treasure
That is worth more than pleasure
But of pure inexpressible joy
Like favorite toy in your childhood
By infinite, multiplied
Even though you haven’t seen
You know what it means
The obscene truth
Of God becoming what you are
The angels have seen stars born and die
And still sigh in awe
Of what God is doing here
In you.
For you.
Through you.
(You is plural.)

More than painting a mural along a wall
He’s used all of creation to design
Masterpiece.
As death ceases to be an end
God becomes friend to those dying
Crying out “Hope”
When we weren’t even listening
Beauty glistening on the tears of salvation received.
All because you believed –
and received what He’d done.
You discover.
God’s Son – has become
Our brother.

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