1 Peter 2:21-25
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
We will face suffering in this life for many reasons. Some suffering is simply because we live in a fallen world; some happens because of foolish choices; some is a direct result of our sin. Our text is referring to suffering that comes because of doing what is good and right in God’s sight, just like Jesus did.
I know an accountant who was asked by his boss to falsify some financial statements. In other words, he was asked to lie. When he refused, it resulted in the loss of his job. Now, we’d like to hear that the man got his job back when authorities discovered what his boss had done. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
However, the accountant’s family and friends knew the truth and were impacted and influenced by his courage to uphold godly standards even when the cost was so great. Christ paid the greatest price—His own life to save ours. We were once lost in our sin, but Christ reconciled us. Our goal should be to face suffering for doing good as He did, thereby showing others that we believe God is in control. These kind of standards are rare in today’s world, but they often open a door of opportunity to testify of the difference Christ makes in our lives. And then, some of those who observe our testimony may then want Jesus to be the Shepherd and Overseer of their souls as well (v. 25)
When was the last time you suffered for doing good? What was your attitude and response?