1 Peter 4:12–13 (ESV): 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter was written to believers who were suffering or would soon suffer greatly for their faith. The theme of living faithfully despite opposition runs throughout the entire letter.
Peter addressed various issues and concerns related to how the Christian should live in an unholy, unforgiving world, but the main idea is to live confidently in a way that Christ would live.
In a world today that seemingly is becoming more secular and hostile to Christ followers, we also should be aware that suffering for our faith is not out of the ordinary, but typical for those who love Jesus.
Therefore, we should rejoice in the privilege of sharing in Christ’s sufferings and strive to live in every moment in a way that would honor Jesus.
Heavenly Father, help me to live faithfully, joyfully, confidently for you, regardless of my surroundings. Amen.