The 7 Precious Things to the Child of God spoken of by Peter

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When I think of something precious in my life, it is nothing of material fiber. My husband is precious to me, my children are precious to me, my parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins are all precious to me. Most people would likely agree. But the things that Peter speaks of in his letters (epistles) are things that are a part of my life, but I don’t know if I’ve really understood how precious they are.

Defined in the 1828 Webster dictionary as:

PRE’CIOUSadjective [French precieux; Latin pretiosus, from pretium, price. See Praise.]

1. Of great price; costly; as a precious stone.

2. Of great value or worth; very valuable. She is more precious than rubies. Proverbs 3.

3. Highly valued; much esteemed.

The word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 1 Samuel 3.

1. The Trials of Faith are more Precious than Gold

1 Peter 1:7 KJV
[7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

I’ve not always appreciated the trials of my faith. I’ve often times been angry with myself for having allowed myself to get in those fixes. How on earth could that be precious? But Peter knew trials! He was persecuted, hunted and eventually killed by crucifixion upside down. Yes the knew trials. The trials I’ve known have more often than not been self inflicted, but then again, so were some of Peters. And as I look at them now, and think how those trials brought me so close in relationship to God, the same closeness I desire today, but can’t often feel because the world has me so distracted. Those times were precious when it felt as if God had pulled me upon His lap and held me through it all. The is no feeling of safety like that.

2. The Blood of Christ is Precious

1 Peter 1:19 KJV
[19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Not long ago we had communion at our church. It’s such a special day and an opportunity for the saints of God to do it in “remembrance” of the sacrifice He made that day on Calvary. But as I drink in that sweet juice and eat the dry wafer it’s very hard for me to comprehend His suffering. But then I think of that little lamb, that is so adorable, bleating for mercy as it was sacrificed, an animal with such tender eyes, and I can certainly understand why the Lord was compared to it. As He hung on the cross there was no crying for mercy, He gave up willingly, and the grief that must have been in God’s heart that day would have been far beyond what anyone has experienced with the death of someone they love. Watching the penalty of sin be given to the perfect Child of God, who had never known sin is still more than I can wrap my mind around. I have my own children, the loss of them is an unbearable pain I do not want to know. But God’s Son, not only bore unimaginable pain, but He did it as a gift for a world that is so ungrateful. Peter witnessed it first hand, not as I try to “imagine it”, but in reality. He knew the Man on the cross face to face. The way I long to know Him.

3. The Chosen of God is Precious

1 Peter 2:4 KJV
[4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

There is far too much emphasis placed on man in regard to religion. Peter had no concept when Christ said “Upon this rock” will I build my church, how man would take that out of context and make stone pillars and give titles to him that he had no desire to have. It is on Christ the solid Rock that the church is built. Peter may have been crucified, but his crucifixion spared no one from the pits of Hell. Only the precious blood of Christ could do that which was why He was chosen of God and set above any earthly king or any heavenly angel. There was nobody who could do what God’s Only Son did. Being “disallowed”, rejected by men did not stop Him from giving His life. I too rejected Him for years, having heard the gospel.

4. The Believers know He is Precious and are not Confused by the World

1 Peter 2:6 KJV
[6] Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

The cornerstone of our faith is belief. The very foundation of a child of God is believing that He is Who He says He is. Such a precious thing is that wisdom that those who are lost don’t know that they’re missing out. Not only do they not know, Satan uses them to do his best to confuse and confound the rest of the world into believing the lies of Hell. Believing there is no Hell. Believing there is another way. All of which is false and will condemn them to eternal separation. This world loves their children just as I do mine, but Satan has blinded them from understanding that their refusal to accept the love of Christ, will one day separate them from any love they’ve ever known. Knowing that I am spared that heartache is something that is so much more precious than I understood on the day of my salvation. As time passes, more and more I know the depth of God’s love.

5. The Believers know He is Precious, but the world does not

1 Peter 2:7 KJV
[7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

I cannot explain to the lost how I have felt the Spirit of God that dwells in my soul bubble up and almost take my breath. I cannot tell them how I know that He is real. But if they’ll only take one step in His direction He’ll meet them in a way that they’ll know too and it will clear any confusion in their mind. That is precious! Too precious not to share in hopes that someone will come out of the wicked world into a separate place created for the child of God Who believes in the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the cross. No more lambs, no more sacrifice. It is finished! Glory to God.

6. The Believers know how precious other believers are

2 Peter 1:1 KJV

Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like a precious faith with us through the righteousness of God b and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Sunday’s are more than a day to be in God’s house, it’s a day to be with God’s people who share the same faith that I do. I can tell them how I feel, and they don’t look at me like I’ve got two heads, they get it! I can have a heartache and I can share it and it’s only half as tough to make it through. Prior to salvation I had many friends, but not like those I’ve made since salvation. That is a precious friendship indeed because it comes from knowing Christ together.

7. There are Precious Promises for the Child of God

2 Peter 1:4 KJV
[4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

This week I have suffered a great deal of pain. Aching bones and otherhealth issues have caused me to miss out on things I really wanted to accomplish. But there will be a day when the promises of God will replace this vile body with a brand new body and a restore the family that has gone before me into my life again. There are things that I want down here, nothing precious, just things. But there are going to be things that my mind can’t even imagine waiting for me in Heaven. I try to share that notion with my grand babies often. I want them to see Heaven as real. I want it to be a place they don’t want to miss out. Because God created it for us. How exciting are all these precious things that God has given to us for our time spent on this earth.

I pray these 7 things encouraged you as they did me and helped you connect a little closer to God through the wisdom that He provides in His word. Blessing! ~ Shari, the Jesus Chick

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Shari Johnson. (aka The Jesus Chick) has been encouraging women of faith and youth for a closer walk with Christ for over ten years. Having a burden for the leadership in American Churches, much of her writing is meant to spear on the servant of God to do more for the cause of Christ in these uncertain times. With humor, transparency and solid bible teaching Shari outlines messages that are easily understood, life applicable, and often with easily remembered points to ponder in hopes that they’ll be reflected on throughout the day and serve as encouragement on the go. Her servant’s heart is grounded in her own local church believing that it is there that the greatest impact can be made and unfortunately suffers the greatest neglect across America. Shari speaks at women’s gatherings in hopes of leaving a giggle in their soul and a burning desire to serve in their own local body of believers having it said of her “I laughed, I cried, and I was drawn to the foot of the cross…” Which is what it’s all about. For information on scheduling Shari, call her direct at (304)377-6036, message her via email at talk2shari@gmail.com or find her on Facebook!

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