Free At Last

His Job Vs Our Job

1 Peter 2:19-24 NLT

19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

22 He never sinned,
      nor ever deceived anyone.
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
      nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
      who always judges fairly.
24 He personally carried our sins
      in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
      and live for what is right.
By his wounds
      you are healed.
God seems to be an avid believer in “turning the other cheek.”

“He did not retaliate when he was insulted…”, have you ever noticed how God seems so DISINTERESTED in sticking up for Himself?  In life the pestering questions keep bombarding our minds; if God would only ___  or if he would just ___  then He would get the honor He deserves and people would see His glory.  We question, “Why doesn’t God stick up for Himself?”

The only answer I can come up with is because that is our job.  His job is to love, forgive and protect us, while our job is to stick up for Him by:

  1. testifying of what He has done for us
  2. living a sanctified life which honors Him
  3. and by allowing the anointing of God to flow through us while displaying the power of God and the fruit of the Spirit.

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