I Peter 3:13-17: Suffering

The evil day will come,
The dawn of persecution.
So how will you endure,
That dreaded institution?

You first must follow good,
The Christ be imitating.
For who would trouble you,
And stop the good you’re making?

And do not heed their threats,
Nor fear what they are fearing.
Through suffering, you’re blessed,
For Christ to you is nearing.

And set apart the Christ,
Within your hearts as holy.
Your God and sovereign Lord.
Acknowledging Him solely.

Be ready to defend,
To everyone the reason,
For always having hope,
Even in adverse seasons.

And keep you conscience good,
According to God’s standard.
And always do what’s right,
Ashaming any slander.

Remember you are blessed!
When people persecute you.
As long as you’re in Christ
His joy will constitute you!

1 Peter 3:9-12: Blessing

What reason should we live as brothers?
Like-minded in unity,
With ruth, mercy, love for each other,
Pardoning sin that we see?

Because God has called you His offspring,
Personal God that He is.
That you may inherit His blessing,
Showing the world you are His.

But secondly, God has commanded,
“Speak you no lies or deceit.”
So therefore forgiving what man did,
Always with grace when you speak.

And do not do evil, be righteous,
Keeping wide margin from sin.
Do not live up next to your fences,
Looking to God and not men.

And also seek peace and pursue it,
Keeping no conflict with Christ.
But not peace as men misconstrue it,
Active, for peace you must fight.

For God will reward those who seek Him,
Intimacy He will give.
His eye is directed to see them,
Blessing and grace they will live.

Deacons: The Official Servant

While we may wish to rule,
Are we not servants all?
Preferring royalty,
To serving we were called.

Yet some the servants serve,
A deacon he is named.
In Heaven’s government,
The servant rules with fame.

What is a deacon then?
A helper of the church,
As wives their husbands help,
In every lull and lurch.

As Jesus helped the Lord,
The Archdeacon of life,
Diaconal, our work,
Is imitating Christ.

The Livites of the church,
Apprentice of the seers,
Each serving in his time,
The role of deacons here.

But what is ordination?
It is no magic spell,
To make a super man,
Or evil thoughts expel.

But solemn covenant,
For everyone to see.
A giving to a man,
Responsibility.

They serve, then, many roles,
As cleaners, carers, friends.
Exemplary in life,
An embassy to men.

A deacon must discern,
Be proven over time.
No greedy, lustful, cheat.
Nor given much to wine.

The ordination then,
His character must test.
If deacon he will be,
He must be of the best.

Then is he reverent?
Not double-tongued, or crude?
And does he hold the faith,
The scripture as his food?

Does his family submit?
Well ordered in his life?
Does he wholly commit,
Eyes only for his wife?

Does he live blamelessly,
With everyone outside?
Then he is fit to serve,
The catholic church: Christ’s Bride.