We work in the present for a world that echoes the future we hope for.
The quote above comes from Mosaic's Beliefs in Brief. That sentence sums up the essence of intentional Christian living: as we experience Jesus' love and renewal in our personal lives, we look forward to a time when all things will be renewed through Christ, and in this meantime we follow Jesus' example of shaping our lives and our world along the lines of that future hope.
The book of 1 Peter is a little textbook on doing just that. It begins by reminding us how remarkably our situation has changed through Jesus. It reminds us that God had this planned for a very, very long time. And then it unpacks for us the ways our lives now can and ought to be markedly different because of the future that's in store for us.
1 Peter's message is not particularly complicated, but it can be a challenge to adopt as a lifestyle. As we work our way through it, we'll look for the ways our lives now can begin to echo the future we hope for.
October 2: In this you rejoice (1 Peter 1:1-12)
October 9: Be holy and love (1 Peter 1:13-25)
October 16: The honor is for you (1 Peter 2:1-10)
October 23: Be subject (1 Peter 2:11-3:7)
October 30: Called to bless (1 Peter 3:8-22)
November 6: In everything God may be glorified (1 Peter 4:1-11)
November 13: Entrust your soul to a faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:12-19)
November 20: Humble yourselves (1 Peter 5:1-14)