3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5
I previously noted the ever deteriorating conditions for Christians living in America. This is nothing compared to countries like North Korea and Iran, for example, where persecution is not verbal, but physical, to the point of death.
Early Christians faced this fear, yet Peter walked into the face of it. How? Because he, like all of us, possessed a living hope, and an imperishable inheritance. The first allowed him to face each day using the same power exerted to raise Jesus. The second made the worst consequences of sharing the gospel a mere stepping stone to heaven.
Christians, whether here or there, should live each day fueled by resurrection power, knowing that the glorious outcome of our faith “is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away.”