READ : 1 Peter 1:1-9
When Jesus was on earth, He had many disciples. A disciple was one who sat at His feet to learn how to become like Him. Does that describe you?
From His many disciples, Jesus chose twelve to be apostles. An apostle is one who is sent forth with the message about Jesus. Peter was one of those chosen to be an apostle. While we cannot be apostles, every Christian has an apostolic mission; we too are sent forth to bear witness to Christ by word and deed.
While Jesus was on earth, Peter was a very immature apostle. But when Peter wrote the letter before us, years had passed since his heart had been filled with the Spirit. Now he is mature. The Spirit had made him more and more like Jesus and therefore capable of giving us the valuable message we have before us in this letter. How long have you been a Christian? Is there evidence of greater and greater maturity in your life, making you helpful to others?
Not only was Peter chosen by Christ, so were those to whom he wrote. The areas described in the first verse are part of what is now western Turkey. Notice that they were “strangers in the world.” Christians are citizens of heaven though they are to live lives of usefulness here on earth. Notice also the purpose why Christians are chosen: to be sanctified (set apart to serve God) and obedient.
Father, make us more like Jesus. In His name. Amen.