Grow Deep - GRIT Edition - Week 1
Week 1: June 7-13
Memory Verse: “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
Many of you have probably seen the movie “True Grit.” Set in the Old West, it is the story of a spirited young woman who seeks a lawman to hunt down the man who murdered her father. She didn’t want just any lawman, though. She wanted one who had courage and resolve ... one who had dogged determination. She wanted a lawman with “grit.”
Peter was writing to people who also needed to have courage and resolve, people who needed to endure. They were “exiles” in a foreign land, learning how to live as followers of Christ. Times were uncertain; they were being persecuted; life was hard. But they knew they could not go back to what had been “normal.” Their lives had been forever changed. Still, they wondered how long they could endure. They needed godly “grit.”
Does that sound familiar? Do you feel like an “alien” in these days of “sheltering in place,” masks and gloves, online school, livestream worship, sickness, death, economic hardship, broken dreams, and raw, ragged emotions that have erupted into violence all around us? Life has been hard. We long for “normal,” but we know we can’t go back. Life will never be the same. We wonder how much longer we can possibly endure. We all need grit … godly grit!
Godly grit isn’t about being tough. It’s about being humble and dependent. It’s about finding strength, courage, and resolve that is built firmly on the foundation of hope in Christ. It’s not about looking back or longing for the new “norm” here on earth; it’s about keeping our eyes on Jesus and the future that He has planned for us.
Godly grit? You need it? You’ve got it … in the hope of Jesus! It’s a promise!
Sunday, June 7
Read: 1 Peter 1:1-12
The Apostle Peter was writing to an audience who were living as aliens, exiles in a hostile world. They were weary; they were suffering; they were struggling to discover what it meant to be followers of Christ in their time and particular circumstances. Peter pointed them to hope.
Reflect: Have you felt “exiled” during this time of “sheltering at home?” If so, how? In what ways has your experience given you deeper insights and understanding of “godly grit” and “hope?”
Monday, June 8
Read: 1 Peter 1:1-2
Peter’s letter was addressed to churches in five different communities. He addressed them as people who are “chosen and destined by God, sanctified for obedience by the Spirit, and sprinkled with the blood of Jesus.” As such, they (and we) were heirs of God’s grace and mercy, living as exiles in the world.
Reflect: How are these people scattered in several cities connected? How do these words encourage, support, and strengthen your connection to other Christians scattered and “sheltering in place” in these days? How do these words encourage, support, and strengthen you as “exiles” living in this world?
Tuesday, June 9
Read: 1 Peter 1:3-5
The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our faith. It ensures that we have an eternal inheritance in heaven.
Reflect: What are the blessings you have through the resurrection of Jesus? Think about what the words “living hope” mean to you. How are these words a description of what lies ahead for us as Christians?
Wednesday, June 10
Read: 1 Peter 1:6-7
It is in the confident hope of our eternal future in heaven that we can rejoice in the face of trials and testing here on earth. Our temporary trials point us to the hope that is ours in the future.
Reflect: Reflect on how your faith has been tested in previous trials. How was God at work then … and now? What offering of praise and glory and honor can you practice today?
Thursday, June 11
Read: 1 Peter 1:8-9
Though we have not yet seen Jesus, we have a hope and joy in knowing and believing in the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls.
Reflect: Since you cannot see Jesus, what reminder of His inexpressible and glorious joy can you position around your daily activities? (Some examples might be a card or memory verse, Christian art, music, photo). How do those reminders point you to hope? How do they increase your “grit”?
Friday, June 12
Read: 1 Peter 1:10-12
Peter reminds his readers that in spite of their suffering and trials, they have a certain and living hope for the future.
Reflect: Angels envy you because God inspired the Biblical writers to make sure you always see Jesus! How do you take the Word of God for granted? How is the Word of God treasured in your life?
Saturday, June 13
Read: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Peter writes to people who are suffering and encourages them to have “godly grit” as they live with the real and certain hope of a glorious future with Jesus.
Reflect: How was “hope” used differently in these verses from the way it is used in your everyday conversations? Find words and phrases that add to your insight and understanding of “hope” as a Christian. Discuss what you learned about hope and “godly grit” this week with a friend.