Through our prayers we give reverence to God
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – I Peter 1:3-5
Many Christians go about struggling through their spiritual lives, laboring and not aware of the rich treasures available. They do not know the vast riches of God. This is a gift promised by God but they do not claim it.
Jesus said, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” We often say, “Life is short; get the most out of it here – and-now.” What is the most that you can get out of life? One may say get rich, travel, enjoy the best of things in life.
Well those things are all good and rewarding for those who only care about this life. However, there is much more to life than the material things, which are available here on earth.
Someone once said, “The best things in life are free.” God’s grace and mercy are all free. They are gifts for all who would accept them. God in Christ Jesus went to great trouble to provide for us.
Many parents work most of their lives in order to accumulate assets to leave for their children.
What do the children do to get these gifts or the inheritance parents leave? They have to do nothing, except take advantage of it. These are gifts of love and concern parents have for their children.
In the text, the apostle Peter opens with a prayer. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is said that prayer is man’s submission to God.
We have come to know God’s character through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ our Savior, we give thanks and praise to God, who through his great compassion and love, willed it that we all be recreated into new creations.
The text tells us, “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope.” We acknowledge this wealth, which comes to us as salvation. This salvation was purchased by the innocent blood and life or our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through his death and resurrection, we have the guarantee of everlasting life. The apostle says that we should give thanks and praise to the God of all creation.
How do we acknowledge the God of our salvation? We begin with prayers. Through our prayers we give reverence to God. This is the beginning of wisdom.
Some might say, “I can’t pray.” But we all can pray. A prayer is just a conversation with God.
“We say hello, by acknowledging his name, then we say thanks for his gifts to us, and then we make our request of him, and finally say goodbye in Jesus’ name.”
All that we have and appreciate in this life comes from a gracious God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He gives it to us to enjoy and to share with others while we are here on earth.
Unfortunately, many of us carry on as if we are here forever. But this earth is not our home.
We are only sojourners, travelers on a journey.
We must remind ourselves that the things of this life perish. They do not have any permanency. Therefore, we should not make them our gods.
The apostle reminds us that the inheritance which comes from God can never perish. It cannot spoil or fade. No man or government or anything here in the universe can take that away from us. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.