by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Though 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, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8-9, NIV)
Today’s verse comes in a section about faith. Peter teaches that Jesus followers are given a new birth into a living hope, pressing on to the last days when full salvation is revealed. Salvation is, as Peter wrote, the end result of faith, which brings to mind the definition of faith given in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” All this begins to reveal the truth that we must recognize that we are able to love because God first loved us and relentlessly desires our salvation (1 John 4:19).
Faith calls you to action. It calls you to serve the Lord Jesus, not necessarily because you can see him, but because you can see the needs that you can meet. The love of God living in you empowers and encourages you to meet those needs. If you have been on the receiving end of someone’s loving service, then all of a sudden you have an insight into how someone can catch a glimpse of our Living Lord through you.
Good deeds don’t save you, but they can point to your faith in the One who does. Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount that his followers are to let their light shine so people can see the goodness of God through them (Matthew 5:16). May your faith that God is bringing all things under the feet of Jesus help you today as you look for ways to serve God by serving others.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me, and showing me how to love. It is my faith in you that empowers my actions to serve you by serving others. I thank you for the assurance of salvation, which calls me to share that glory everywhere I go and in everything I do. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have a faith-filled day,