Being good stewards of God’s grace helps us to be more committed and fulfill His mandates to move forward. Along the way we will find different trials which seek to blur us from God’s purpose. But we cannot lose heart or stray from God’s purpose for us.
In the first letter of the apostle Peter in chapter four he tells us to be good stewards of God’s grace. The most important thing to know is that Peter encouraged that when persecutions come, they would rejoice in the glory of God. He was also greatly persecuted.
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
1 Peter 4:1-2 (KJV)
The previous verses remind us of the sufferings our Lord Jesus Christ suffered so that we too may have the courage to suffer for Christ, so that we do not fear, rather so that we understand that by suffering in the flesh we can overcome sin.
And with each one of our actions we will be able to demonstrate that in the name of the Lord we will be able to live the remaining time under the will of our God.
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:13 (KJV)
The Lord has called us to this, to rejoice when we are suffering for His cause. We are privileged to be participants in the sufferings of our God.