In today's broken world, finding practical ways help others encounter and follow Jesus can be challenging and risky. We'll begin with the first six chapters of the Old Testament book of Daniel, the story of a young man who chose faithfulness to God in a similar situation, revealing how hope, humility, and wisdom can open doors to shining Jesus' light and blessing into our world. Then we'll switch to the New Testament book of 1 Peter, where the apostle encourages a church living under persecution to be faithful in less-than-receptive circumstances.
Read 1 Peter 2:18-21
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Though institutional slavery isn't a part of our experience, those in positions of authority over us can sometimes make our lives difficult and miserable. Peter urges that, whatever the circumstances we might find ourselves in, we're still to show respect and do the right thing.
Are you currently in some situation where you feel you're not appreciated and are being treated unfairly or hurtfully? Pray right now, asking God to give you the strength, patience, and peace that you need for those challenges today.