For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.
Today is my day for chess at a local cafe with some friends, our meeting every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month is more about friendship and having a laugh…sometimes at my chess. In our wee group I have become known for my favourite black defence named the Pirc Defence. The opening is named after a Slovenian Grand Master named Vasja Pirc (1907-1980), who was the Yugoslavian National Champion five times. The idea of the defence is to methodically develop your black pieces without attacking, thus building a strong position. I would forgive you for asking how this would be relevant to today’s verse from Scripture, but beleive me it is very relevant.
As Pirc left an example for future chess players, to follow in his steps; our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ laid down His life as an example for us to follow each day. The Messiah calls us to follow Him through the Gospel accounts of His life, and read of Him in the whole Bible. In His obedience to His Father God’s calling He died on the cross of Calvary, paying the penalty for our sins (past, present and future) that we may come close to Him and the Father as family members – Hallelujah! His Holy presence through the Spirit and the Word of God in our hands shows us how to live our life, quietly developing ourselves to a stronger position in Him against the evil opposition of the world.
Dear reader, is your life surrendered to God, every day developing your walk with Him to stand strong in this hostile world? Learn from the methodical Pirc Defence, develop your life one step at a time; building one brick at a time until your temple stands strong as a witness to God your Father for all to see.