Grow Deep - GRIT Edition - Week 3

Week 3: June 21-27

You Belong

Memory Verse: “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10

Today my mind is zeroed in on the thin, dark-haired, blue-eyed man I called “Daddy” because that is who he always was to me. My thoughts have settled on the many ways he made me feel special, unique, and cherished. For the nearly 60 years of my life before his death, I cannot remember a time I did not feel loved by him or a time I did not feel like I belonged to him! Though I didn’t think much about it as a child, I’m convinced my father must have been very intentional about his responsibilities as a parent. He chose to love me when I wasn’t lovable, to discipline me when I needed it, to provide opportunities for me to thrive. That took grit! And though he was not a strong Christian himself, he chose to get me to church every week. Sometimes he even went with me.

I believe he wanted me to know Jesus; He wanted me to know the One who chose me to be His; the One who created me to belong to Him and be part of His family; the One who made me holy; the One who loves me so much that He gave His own life for me.

God made me part of His own people, and He daily shows me His rich mercy. I know that my worth does not depend on anything I do. It depends only on what Jesus has already done for me. I’m His … I’m His treasured possession! That gives me hope and confidence. It fills me with joy and gratitude. It gives me strength to endure and face whatever struggles that I have in this life.

I belong to Him, and you belong to Him! We are now God’s people!

Sunday, June 21
Read: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Peter made it clear in the first chapter of his letter that we have been chosen by God, set apart by Him for holiness. In this chapter, he begins to highlight the implications of that calling as individuals and as a community of faith.
Reflect: Identify some words and phrases that help you to see your high position in Christ. How does this “high position” encourage you to have hope? To display “godly grit” in the face of challenging circumstances?

Monday, June 22
Read: 1 Peter 2:1-3
Peter calls us to get rid of all malice and evil thoughts toward others and to crave the spiritual sustenance found in God’s Word.
Reflect: Within the context of these verses, what does the term malice mean to you? How do verses 2 and 3 relate to verse 1? How are you motivated to pursue God’s grace and mercy after tasting that the Lord is good?

Tuesday, June 23

Read: 1 Peter 2:4-6
Since we belong to Jesus, we grow in His likeness and grow up to become a spiritual household as a church. Together we have a “priestly” role, a role to build bridges in our community by sharing the Gospel and helping those in need.
Reflect: How are you a “living” stone? What does it mean to be a priest? What is your personal role as a priest? What specifically can you do this week to live out your “priestly” role in the church?

Wednesday, June 24

Read: 1 Peter 2:7-8
Jesus is a stumbling block to those who do not believe His message of salvation.
Reflect: What is the fate of those who stumble on the living stone? Do you know anyone to whom Jesus is a stumbling block? How are you motivated to reach out to that person? To pray for that person?

Thursday, June 25
Read: 1 Peter 2:9
Believers are God’s chosen people and called to declare His praises in this world.
Reflect: What does it mean to you to be “chosen” by God? How does that choosing impact you on a daily basis? How can you declare His praises today? How does it give you courage and hope to know that He has chosen you to be His?

Friday, June 26

Read: 1 Peter 2:10
Peter says that we once were not numbered among God’s chosen people, but now we are because of Jesus.
Reflect: How does that knowledge make you feel? How does it motivate you to live your life in a way that reflects who you are in Christ, especially in the face of difficult circumstances?

Saturday, June 27
Read: 1 Peter 2:1-10
We are chosen; we receive God’s mercy daily. We belong to Jesus!
Reflect: Keeping in mind in these verses that “you” is plural, how is God calling you as He builds up His church in the ongoing crises of our world today? How is He calling you to respond with “grit” as He uses you to build up His church? How do these verses connect you with the hope that is found in Jesus?