We don’t usually invest much in something we know is only temporary. Naturally, we want to invest our time and energy into things that we know will last. The challenge for Christians, who Peter calls we are just “temporary residents and foreigners” is to invest in what will last for eternity.
There is very little in life that we can accomplish by ourselves. But when a group of people are all committed to the same purpose, they’re able to do the impossible. If the church will collectively embrace a lifestyle of prayer, generosity, and mission, then God will do the impossible.
In every society, there are a select few individuals that function as a Holy Man. But Peter tells us that as Christians, we are all now God’s ‘holy priesthood’, which means we all function as holy men/women. But what does that mean? How do we live as God’s holy priests? To answer that, we need to understand the qualifications, duties, and rewards of a priest.
We all have cornerstones in our lives — things which, if removed, would cause our lives to crumble. But Peter invites us to make Jesus the cornerstone of our lives. But what does it mean to make Jesus your cornerstone and how do you do it?
The quality of our faith is best revealed by how we love others. But loving others the way God has loved us is hard. It’s a supernatural standard that requires a supernatural power that is only possible through a constant and growing relationship with Jesus.