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Summary: How can we keep our commitment to Christ? 1. Follow the steps of our Savior (vs. 18-22). 2. Be willing to suffer like our Savior (vs. 23a). 3. Depend on divine deliverance (vs. 23b-25).

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Keeping Our Commitment to Christ

1 Peter 2:18-25

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - Dec. 30, 2012

*On February 23, 1836, General Santa Anna's Mexican army arrived in San Antonio to begin the 13-day battle for the Alamo. The commander of the Alamo was Colonel William Travis. Legend has it that on the 8th day, Colonel Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over. All of them did but one. (1)

*That story may be a legend, but in these verses God surely calls us to cross over the line with Jesus. -- How can we keep our commitment to Christ?

1. First, we should follow the steps of our Savior.

*In vs. 18-22, the Apostle Peter calls us to follow the Lord. Here Peter said:

18. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.

19. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.

20. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer for it, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

21. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

*Christians: We are called by God to follow the steps of our Savior, getting close to Jesus and staying close to Jesus.

[1] Notice that following the steps of our Savior means practical, everyday service.

*In vs. 18, Peter talks about how Christian servants should serve their masters. This reminds us that Christian service is not just something we do on Sundays and Wednesdays. It’s not just something we do in these buildings. Christian service should touch our lives 24/7. It should definitely touch the way we act at work, at home and at play.

*Steve Brown tells a story that comes down to us from the 11th century. King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being king. For this reason he applied to the local monastery, and asked to spend the rest of his life there as a secluded monk.

*The head of the monastery was a wise man named Richard, and he said to the king: “Your Majesty, do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? -- That will be hard because you have been a king.”

*“I understand,” said King Henry. “The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.” “Then I will tell you what to do,” said Richard. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.” (2)

*King Henry did exactly that, and so should we. God has planted us here, and He wants us to be a good teacher, truck driver, grandparent or whatever.

-Following the steps of our Savior means practical, everyday service right where the Lord has placed us.

[2] But following the steps of our Savior also means patient service.

*This is Peter’s message to us in vs. 18-20, where he said:

18. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.


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