Today’s reading is 1 Peter 2.
While we live here in exile from our homeland, not only are we to be holy, we are to be honorable. Yes, we are to be distinct, set apart, and in some ways separate. We are set apart by God for sacred use to bring praise to His excellency. But that is not the same as being a jerk, and some Christians present their holiness like jerks. We need to conduct ourselves in such a way that when the citizens of the world want to find some way to complain about us, dismiss us, write us off, or even speak ill of us they don’t have a leg to stand on. It means we suffer dishonor, but still treat others with honor. It is by this powerful mixture of holy and honorable living that some of the worldly will be provoked to listen to the gospel message and glorify God in the day of visitation. We will not convert people to Jesus by becoming more like the world; we need to be holy. But neither will we convert people by being holier-than-thou; we need to be honorable.
Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Peter 3.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I imagine you can’t remember when you were a baby. But I assure you, when you were, you loved milk. Or perhaps, as we might say in our modern time, formula. In either case, there was a very simple meal that you thrived on. Peter speaks of Christians in like manner. Just as an infant love’s mother’s milk or formula, we as Christians need to long for the pure milk from God. In this context, he is talking about God’s imperishable Word. Long for it like a baby longs for milk. Keep reading it. Keep growing because of it. It is life. It is strength. It is growth. Hang on every word. It will save you as you grow up.