A Non-Anxious Presence

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 1:1-9

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to God’s elect, strangers in the world. (v. 1 NIV)

One of the best gifts a leader can bring to a difficult situation is a non-anxious
presence; it’s an inner calm, an unthreatened demeanor, staying centered on the main thing
and preserving a sense of hope. Such a non-anxious presence also seems most fitting for
Christians and churches to bring to each other and to a troubled world.

There is, of course, much reason to be anxious. Peter writes his letter to Christians
whom he describes as strangers in the world. Their commitment to Jesus Christ has placed
them outside respectable society, out of step with the prevailing moral and religious
values of the day. They have no political power to speak of. And Nero is on the throne.
Peter himself will soon die a martyr’s death.

How then can we be non-anxious in such a dangerous world? It requires strong, daily
remembering that the main thing about each of us is that God cares for us. God has loved
us before there were stars in the heavens, and he will continue to do so. Say to yourself,
“I have been redeemed by Christ; I belong to God, and I `boast in (the) hope of sharing
the glory of God’” (Rom. 5:2 NRSV). In addition, remember, God’s grace and peace are ours
in abundance. To daily avail ourselves of all this makes for a non-anxious presence.

PRAYER

Dear God, may your everlasting grace be our peace today. Amen.