• Pure Spiritual Milk Devotional

    1 Peter 2:1–3

    What is your response to the Word of God? Do you crave it with the hunger that a newborn infant has for his mother’s milk? Or are you indifferent, thinking that your study of Scripture does not really contribute all that much to your Christian maturity? Go before the Lord today and ask Him to increase your hunger for His Word. Then, take some steps to study it eagerly so that you may know how to please God by loving others earnestly. View Resource

  • A Spiritual House Devotional

    1 Peter 2:4–5

    While it is true that each individual believer becomes a temple of God, we do not do well if we neglect passages like this that emphasize the corporate nature of the people of God. Currently, we are being built into a temple along with other believers so that God may dwell richly among all of us. As we love other Christians, we become beautiful stones, and God dwells more powerfully among us. Find a way to love even the “unlovable” people in your church. View Resource

  • Our Cornerstone Devotional

    1 Peter 2:6–8

    All things, even unbelief, are a part of God’s plan. God is not culpable for such evil, but He does remain perfectly sovereign over all things. However, not all those who presently deny Christ will persist in unbelief forever. Some may in fact come to trust in Him. Only God knows who those will be, and so we must preach the Gospel to all, knowing that He will save His elect. Spend some time today praying for strength to share the Gospel with your friends and family. View Resource

  • God’s Royal Priesthood Devotional

    1 Peter 2:9

    God has established innumerable callings in which we can serve Him and our neighbor. As priests of God, what we do for Him has spiritual value, and in Christ we all have direct access to Him. No matter what you are called to do in life, God honors your service when you seek to love Him and other people through your work. View Resource

  • The People of God Devotional

    1 Peter 2:9–10

    That the church is the Israel of God does not mean that every church member has authentic faith. Throughout history, the visible church has always included those who are not true believers because of their inauthentic faith (Rom. 9:6–7). However, in Christ, God is fulfilling all of the promises made to Israel. As the people of God, we must fulfill the task of Israel and proclaim God’s excellency (1 Peter 2:10). Seek to do this in whatever you do. View Resource

  • A Royal Priesthood in Christ Devotional

    1 Peter 2:9–10

    In our justification, God has declared us righteous in Christ through His blood. In our sanctification, God is working to make us righteous in what we do, say, think, and feel. As the Lord’s holy priesthood, we can be sure that His work to sanctify us is not in vain and that even though we might get discouraged at times, He will most certainly transform us into the holy priests He has designed us to be. View Resource

  • Honorable Conduct Devotional

    1 Peter 2:11–12

    What is your conduct like among non-believers? Are you a faithful witness of the God of Scripture to your neighbors or to your fellow employees? Or do you behave dishonorably before the world? Spend some time in prayer today, asking God to help you to be obedient to the call to live honorably in this pagan world. When tempted to act dishonorably, remember that you are a witness for Christ at all times. View Resource

  • Bishops/Elders Devotional

    1 Peter 2:12

    We are to take the words and example of our elders seriously because they prepare us for the judgment seat of Christ. They preach the gospel, administer the sacraments, and discipline us so that we might be converted, brought back from sin, and built up in faith. Let us never forget the important, God-ordained role they play in the Christian life, and may we never be so arrogant as to think that we do not need to be in submission to a gospel-centered church. View Resource

  • Bishops/Elders Devotional

    1 Peter 2:12

    Do you delight in the authority given to elders to shepherd the people of God, or do you think that they have no business getting involved in the personal lives of God’s people? God has ordained the office of elder so that His people can be prepared for Christ’s return. Ask the Lord to convict and help you submit to your church elders. View Resource

  • Subject Yourselves Devotional

    1 Peter 2:13–14

    Though Scripture tells us that we must not submit to the ruling authorities when they command us to sin, there is the danger that we might take this principle too far. For example, how many times do people disobey tax laws because they think the government will not find out? Today’s passage tells us we must submit to all governing authorities. Endeavor to submit even to laws that are just though they might seem foolish. View Resource

  • True Freedom Devotional

    1 Peter 2:15–17

    The passage we have been studying over the past two days can be applied not only to the civil authority but also to any institution that exercises authority over us. Because we are to be subject to “every human institution” we must also obey our supervisors and anyone else with authority. Do you submit to your supervisors at work, or do you secretly dishonor them by speaking ill of them to others? Do what you can to honor your supervisors both publicly and privately. View Resource

  • Righteous Suffering Devotional

    1 Peter 2:18–20

    Though the broad teaching of Scripture sets the trajectory for the abolition of slavery, Peter’s concern is not to comment on the morality of this practice but rather to show us how we may live honorably as servants of Christ (v. 12). When we endure suffering without seeking revenge we imitate the character of our Lord and bear witness to His grace. If you must deal with a harsh supervisor, seek not to take revenge so that your witness to Christ may not be compromised. View Resource

  • Called to Suffer Devotional

    1 Peter 2:20b–21

    Take some time today to read through 1 Peter and consider the call to stand firm for Jesus even when it brings suffering to us. Spend some time in prayer meditating on how willing you are to bear the sufferings of Christ wherever you happen to be. Ask the Lord to strengthen you and establish you that you might be able to endure eagerly and faithfully the difficulties that come with being a Christian. Find a group of believers who can encourage you to stand firm for Christ. View Resource

  • Christ Our Example Devotional

    1 Peter 2:21–23

    Jesus is our example as we suffer when doing good. Like Him, we must not retaliate in kind, but we must entrust ourselves to the care of our Father knowing that He will justly repay all those who have treated His children unjustly. Take some time today to reflect on those times when you have suffered for doing good. If you have retaliated for such mistreatment, go and make amends if possible. Ask the Lord to enable you to entrust yourself wholly to His care. View Resource

  • Holy Truth Devotional

    1 Peter 2:22

    Of all the lies we might tell, the most dangerous are probably those lies we tell ourselves to make us believe we are not really sinning. Given our susceptibility to falling into sin, we must be extra careful to examine thoroughly the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. Let us think carefully about what we do and why we do it, so that we may not be liars to ourselves or others. View Resource