Grow Deep - GRIT Edition - Week 2

 Week 3: June 14-20

You’re Different

Memory Verse: “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” 1 Peter 1:15

Each year in June, I set apart a week to serve at Webster’s VBS. It is one of the best weeks of my summer! My family knows that vacations, camping trips, and sometimes even cooking dinner will not happen if it is VBS week. Each year I inevitably think back to VBS in my childhood church when our Pastor wore shorts, pulled out his guitar and led us in singing the familiar chorus: “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” I am wired to praise Jesus by raising my voice in song and teaching children to praise Him in that way. It is an act of service God has set apart for me to do.

This year VBS will look different. Families will be engaged in a “backyard VBS” with their own children and possibly a few close friends. It will be in July, not June. But the end result will be the same—Jesus’ name will be praised, children will learn about Him as their personal Savior, and His Word will be spoken and shared. Families will set apart time to share the good news that Jesus died for our sins and that through His death and resurrection we are set apart, made to be different, empowered with Godly “grit,” and marked for His service.

Through His great mercy and grace, God has called us to be set apart as holy so that we might have a lasting effect on our world. We are called to live in the world but not to be of the world, living our earthly lives in service to His holy Name. That familiar chorus is to be the theme of a life lived in obedience and service to our Savior … “and they’ll know we are Christians by our LOVE!”
Contributed by Judy Ruf


Sunday, June 14
Read: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Peter is writing to Christians for whom life is difficult; they are facing persecution and extreme hardship. He reminds them that they are different. They have been chosen by God and set apart for His purpose.
Reflect: Find words and phrases that Peter uses to describe the value God places on your lives. How do His words add meaning and depth to your identity as a person? As a child of God? How do they encourage you to be a Christian with grit?

Monday, June 15

Read: 1 Peter 1:13-17
Peter instructs his audience with a great urgency to prepare their minds for action. He calls them to be different … to be holy because the One who called them is holy.
Reflect: What does holiness mean in the context of these verses? Peter says to “be” holy. Is there a difference between being holy and becoming holy? If so, how would you explain it? Who is the source of our holiness?

Tuesday, June 16

Read: 1 Peter 1:17-19
Peter tells his readers to have a reverent fear of the Lord. He reminds them that they were ransomed by the precious blood of Jesus.
Reflect: How does the sacrifice of Christ motivate you? How does it influence your actions and the way you live your life? How does it make you “different”?

Wednesday, June 17

Read 1 Peter 1:20-21
Christ was destined before the foundation of the world for a certain purpose … the salvation of the world.
Reflect: What does “foreknown” mean in the context of these verses? Spend a few moments reflecting on the fact that Christ’s purpose for coming into the world was for your salvation.

Thursday, June 18

Read: 1 Peter 1:22-23
Peter calls us to a life of sincere, deep love … the kind of love that requires “grit.” We have been chosen by God for the purpose of loving others.
Reflect: How are we instructed to love others? Think about the qualities of sincere love. How is deep, sincere love different from the love the world offers?

Friday, June 19

Read: 1 Peter 1:24-25
Everything we see around us will someday perish, but the Word of the Lord endures and remains forever.
Reflect: How is the Word of God described in these verses? How has your life been changed by the Word of God? How do these verses call you into action?

Saturday, June 20

Read: 1 Peter 1:13-25
God created us and calls us to continually grow into a life of loving others. He calls us to put our hope in Him; He calls us to allow His Word to speak to us and transform us.
Reflect: What is the relationship between “grit” and the hope we have in Christ? How is the Word of God a key ingredient to living a life that loves and serves others? How can you apply the teaching of Peter in these verses to your everyday lives?