Today’s Thought “When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive …” (June 13)

Today’s Thought

“When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive …”

(June 13)

Today we read the concluding chapters of Peter’s first Epistle. What a challenging message Peter conveys to the

“elect exiles of the Dispersion” (1:1).

As Paul was the apostle “to the Gentiles” (see Galatians 2:8,9), so Peter is the Apostle to the natural Jews who have come to believe in Jesus who have left Israel for the relative safety of “Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia”.

Peter was joined in this mission by James – remember how we read the start of his Epistle last week: “To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.”

Why were they scattered? Undoubtedly some would have remained in Jerusalem – while it still existed! Peter has a warning for them – and how appropriate is this for us today! He wrote

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly …” (4:7,8).

And then in his final chapter,

“And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (verse 4).

We must take these words of Peter to heart ourselves.

Finally – note how verses 5 to 8 contain an exhortation we should embrace today with all our hearts.

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful.”

Let us fully embrace these words today ready for “when the chief Shepherd appears” – and then we will be wonderfully ready to “receive …”


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Preceding

the Bible – God’s guide for life #8 Looking to Jesus #1 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus

May the Lord direct your hearts to …

Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God

Unless I wash you, you have no part with me

Love one another; just as I have loved you

Today’s Thought “Leaving you an example” (June 12)

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Additional reading

  1. Created in the image of the Elohim to use their likeness properly
  2. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  3. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  4. Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
  5. Heed of the Saviour
  6. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  7. Let us become nothing, and Christ everything
  8. Consecration of the priests
  9. Full text of Pope Francis’ Interview with ‘La Vanguardia’
  10. There is no true and constant gentleness without humility
  11. Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  12. Be kinder than necessary
  13. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
  14. Willing to be little
  15. Don’t Harden Your Heart
  16. A man who cannot forgive others
  17. It’s not that I’m so smart
  18. When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation
  19. More on Grace and Spiritual Fruit – Abide in Me, and I in you
  20. The works we have to do according to James

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