A devotion on 1 Peter 3:9

Not rendering evil for evil, or insult for insult; but instead blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing
–1 Peter 3:9

Managing a smaller project well is the surest way to get greater projects assigned.

That was the lesson I learned in the kitchen as a little girl. It was obvious to me that a pecking order existed there. Responsibility coincided with skill level.

Since I was the youngest, I received the most menial tasks, such as watching the stove to make sure nothing burned. My diligent watch was a blessing appreciated by all who ate the delicious and smoke-free meal!

As I matured and accumulated experience, I knew that one day I would be the main chef in the family kitchen. It would be my responsibility to plan a menu, create a shopping list, designate tasks, and design the table presentation.

Even in my early years, I knew that this was my destiny, though the first steps to the prize were disguised in the mundane task of keeping an eye on simmering pots.

In life, I might be tempted to take a break from "stove-watch" and step away or engage in food fights in a busy kitchen. 1 Peter 3:9 calls it "rendering evil for evil." Instead, I pray I stay focused on inheriting the blessing I prize, although for now, I might simply be patiently, faithfully watching the stove.


Kind Creator, help me to faithfully be a blessing to others while carefully minding to not spoil the blessed inheritance You have for me through Christ. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.


How can I best keep my eyes on the prize ahead while also caring for the "pot" of responsibilities allotted to me in the interim?