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1 Peter 2:13-15; 20-21
God has called us to live honorable lives. That is a life that is filled with respect for God, trusting God for our daily steps, with full, confident hope knowing that God is for our good. Being a Christian means we live a life set apart, dedicated to God, seeking Him daily, relying on His wisdom and guidance. This becomes an example to the world around us. Peter reminds us that most often the only thing others see about the character of God is how we live our lives. God calls us to sacrificial obedience, even if our obedience must be to those in authority we don’t “agree” with, if they are in a place of authority- we must obey. The absolute only way we would not “need” to obey, is if what we are being asked to say or do is in direct violation of God’s word.
Peter cautions us to be fully certain that if we are suffering it is because of an unmerited consequence vs. an earned punishment for disobedience. This will serve as an example to the nonbelievers and will either be a testimony unto salvation or a wedge against the faith. “Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you. For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.”- 1 Peter 2:20-21
Do my actions and attitudes towards leadership/ authority show that I am living as a testimony of Christ or wedge in the Faith?