In one swift move Peter connects our identity to our actions. Being named as God’s sons and daughters gives us a beautiful motive, and that motive helps turn our eyes toward Him and away from sin. We were not made to love dead things. (I Peter 1:13-2:3, Lev 11:44-45, Matt 5:48, James 2:17, John 16:8, Rom 12:2, Eph 4:29-31, Matt 18:21-35)
For exiles, trials are an expectation. Peter paints these painful moments to be temporary in light of eternity, but that doesn’t ease the sting of them in the moment. A sovereign God can use these in many ways. James 1:2-4 speaks of perseverance and steadfastness (as does Rom 5:3-4). Rom 8:28 promises God’s use of them. I Cor 10:12-13 tells us that God won’t allow us to be tempted beyond our breaking point. 2 Cor 12:9 shows that God’s grace props us up. Heb 11 is a list of those who have remained faithful against impossible odds, and in Heb 12 we’re then encouraged to let that great “crowd of witnesses” push us on toward the finish line. Lord, raise our eyes.
For those who have accepted Christ’s incredible invitation, our home address has changed. Peter begins his letter with two crucial things that every exile must remember. (I Peter 1:1-5, Rev 2:17b, Mark 10:17-23, 2 Cor 5:17)
Our dream is big. It’s for every college student to know freedom because of the gospel. Sometimes, it takes investing outside of ourselves in order to be fully equipped for what God is doing right here in front of us.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:19-20, Acts 1:8
Supporting scripture: Matthew 28:19-20, Isaiah 49:6, Deuteronomy 28:10, 1 Peter 2:9-12