1 Peter 3:8–12
Haven’t you ever wondered why God left you on earth once He saved you? Why didn’t He simply remove you from the toils and troubles of earth and take you home to be with Him forever? The most obvious answer is so that we might be His ambassadors, His personal witnesses. No one is better qualified to tell the lost how to be found and forgiven than those who were once lost themselves. There is another reason, however. God has left us here that He might shape us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ . . . to change us from what we are to what He is. This process leads us toward maturity. Because this is true, setting aside the constant demands of everyday living and evaluating our growth is helpful. Peter’s words provide us with some “maturity checkpoints” along the way. Let’s see how we’re doing.
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