Today's Devotional - Monday, May 20th, 2019

Summary

Read - 1 Peter 3

Peter writes to Christians who are living under extreme adversity, with the goal that they would exemplify the light of Christ in view of their eternal inheritance in Him. He spends most of the middle of this letter contextualizing this in practical instructions to Christian living within specific relationships. What of Peter’s instructions in this chapter jumps out to you?

Today's Devotional - Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Are a People

Read - Exodus 19:5-6; Deut. 7:6; 1 Peter 2:9-10

Peter applies the words of God through Moses to those who’ve experienced conversion and are standing in Christ. These words are some of the most uplifting in the New Testament. If you are in Christ, you are His prize possession! We who were excluded are now included. How are we then to live? (Hint: Look ahead to the next section for the beginning of Peter’s answer)

Today's Devotional - Friday, May 10th, 2019

Built on Christ

Read - 1 Peter 2:6-8

The theme of stones is frequent in the Scriptures, and Christ pictured as a rock begins as early as the Psalms, (40:1-3). Drawing from Isaiah, Peter makes it clear that our foundation is Christ, and that further, Christ will serve as either our place of stability or stumbling. Are you secure in Christ? Are you unsure of your relationship with Him today?

Today's Devotional - Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Living Stones

Read - 1 Peter 2:4-5

Clearly, Peter is excitedly sharing one illustration after another, building on the previous one, from babies craving milk, to living stones, to a spiritual house, and finally to the idea that we, as living stones, are built together to be a spiritual house, [for] a royal priesthood. Which word picture best describes your understanding of your standing in Christ today? Take some time to that the Lord for these passionate reminders from Peter.

Today's Devotional - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Crave Pure Milk

Read - 1 Peter 2:2-3

Here, as opposed to Paul’s usage in 2 Corinthians 3:2, Peter uses the notion of babies and milk in a most positive light. A baby craves milk instinctively for sustenance and for nourishment, and so too, the believer should approach the Word of God with an insatiable desire, a hunger to nourish one’s soul. (See Psalm 119). How can reading God’s Word as a discipline “jump-start” reading God’s Word as a personal necessity?

Today's Devotional - Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Throw Off

Read - 1 Peter 2:1

Peter begins with another “Therefore”, encouraging his people to jettison sin -- pile it at the door, so to speak, and move on. This exhortation is in view of their inheritance, (an inheritance that comes as a result of the redemption wrought by Christ’s blood), the brevity of life, and stability of God’s Word. What do you need to eject from your life, right now, today?

Today's Devotional - Monday, May 6th, 2019

Summary

Read - 1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2 begins with two metaphors, then moves to what will occupy much of the rest of the book. A series of instructions on the holy life that Peter has exhorted us to live, spelled out in specific situations and contexts. What in chapter 2 speaks most to your life today? Are Peter’s straightforward, pastorally gentle instructions refreshing to you? Why or why not?

Today's Devotional - Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Word of the Lord

Read - 1 Peter 1:23-25, John 3:3-8

Jesus calls His followers to be born again by water and spirit. Peter calls this sort of rebirth imperishable (or incorruptible), as it isn’t going anywhere and is not susceptible to the ailments of age and decay that normal birth is! What’s the mechanism for this? The living and abiding word of God, which gives life. What else does the passage say about God’s word? What does it look like for us to actually treat the word like it’s “living”?

Today's Devotional - Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Love one another

1 Peter 1:22, John 13:34

Jesus calls his followers to love one another in John 13, but Peter here actually comments on the sincerity of that love. We can’t fake sincerity, and we can’t fake a “pure heart.” This is the work of God in our hearts, and we are called to live the kinds of lives that manifest this sort of love. What do you think sincere brotherly or sisterly love looks like? What does it mean in your own life to “love earnestly from a pure heart?”