Follow Jesus (1 Peter 2:18-25)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

What the apostle Peter is doing in this letter is teaching how we live so that the praises of Jesus are proclaimed in the world. The point of being a Christian is to show the world how glorious Christ is. We live to show the goodness and glory of Jesus to everyone. We exist to display Christ. For far too long Christian morality has been completely misunderstood. We do not exist to do good so that we can look down our noses at everyone else who is not doing good and try to shame them into doing good. We do not communicate, “I’m doing good. What is the matter with you?” We do good so that people see Jesus. We do not do good to try to bring about a facade of moral conformity. We do good so that people will desire Jesus, glorify Jesus, and then be transformed in their lives by Jesus. Jesus made this point in the Sermon on the Mount…

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