“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
“Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 2:4-5; 4:8-11, NRSV)
I Peter is often ignored because of how culturally bound it is to its day with its endorsement of slavery and patriarchal authority. Yet, as is true of so much of the Bible, reading through it is like walking through a maze. The walls are the cultural roadblocks of antiquity that stop many twenty-first century people from taking the Bible seriously. Sadly, if only they would see those cultural verses for what they are, walls of the Biblical maze that unintentionally mask God’s revealed Word and not the Word itself, they would discover their connection to the true source of Life. That divine-human connection leads to wholeness, vibrancy, joyfulness, and true fulfillment. It is our responsibility to lead them through the maze!
Enjoy these beautiful nuggets of connective truth from I Peter to start your week!
As always, you are in my prayers.