My 1 Peter promise
For the last several months, my small group has been going through a 1 Peter series. We’ve dived into the history, gone verse by verse and even challenged each other to ask hard questions. After reflecting on the entire study, I’ve been able to solidify my 1 Peter promise of living a beautiful life.
Here are four truths we discovered in 1 Peter:
- Remember what you have in Christ.
- Practice what you profess.
- Endure suffering.
- Focus on Christ (love each other and impact the lost).
From this study, I’ve learned more about my heavenly citizenship and how the knowledge of my inheritance should bring joy (1 Peter 1:3-6). I’ve come to better understand that trials test the trustworthiness of our faith, and it is an opportunity for God to refine my impurities to reveal a new me (1 Peter 1:7-9) because we are all made new in Christ.
Living a beautiful life, as detailed in this study, is a requirement not an option. We do it because we are loved by God, because this world is not our home and because we were created to stand out among the masses. I’ve learned that this beautiful life also calls for submission to authority (1 Peter 2:13-17) because it is God’s will. It’s about serving the Lord first and submitting with a voluntary attitude (1 Peter 3: 1-12). Our attitude when we are serving is just as important if not more important than the act of service itself.
Here is some good news: as Christians, we have been delivered and given a life of freedom! How awesome for us, right? But this freedom is not an excuse to cover up the evil in our lives. We are called to suffer for doing right (as Christ did) so we can reveal the Lord in all we do (1 Peter 2:11-12). We are to be blameless in our Father’s eyes. But instead, set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts and filter EVERYTHING through Him (1 Peter 3:13 – 17). Not just filter the things we deem worthy, but all things, no holds barred.
Peter even detailed practical ways to live our lives as the Lord intended. As disciples, we will be persecuted for our beliefs and the way we live. Friends and family may criticize our new lives and doubt our change. 1 Peter 4:1-6 instructs us to have the same mindset as Christ daily and prepare ourselves for this inevitable battle with the world. We are living for God. The Bible warned us that it would not be without struggle, but our heavenly prize makes all suffering for His name worth it!
When the road gets rough, the answer is always to pray (1 Peter 4:7-11). God will always be there guiding you if you listen. Use your gifts to glorify God and be hospitable — especially when people don’t deserve it. The enemy is standing like a crouching lion waiting to pounce. But don’t fret. Stand firm in your faith and God will restore you. Are you willing to live the beautiful life God is asking? I encourage you to read 1 Peter and build your faith to live as God is calling you.