We are blessed to have two letters written by Simon Peter, the disciple whom Jesus set above the others as a leader. It was Simon Peter who first declared Jesus to be the Messiah and Son of God. Jesus declared that he was Peter, which in Greek means, “the rock,” and said that upon that rock he would build his church. We begin with the salutation.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:1-2)
Pastor John’s Notes:
An apostle is a representative leader. If a king or governor was unable to attend a meeting himself, he would select one of his closest servants and designate that person as his apostle. The apostle would carry the authority of the master who sent him. The apostle, knowing his master’s mind, would make decisions in his master’s best interest. Jesus chose his closest disciples and designated them as his apostles. Therefore, when Peter speaks or writes, he does so with the authority of Jesus Christ.
This model of representative ministry is how Jesus chose to build his kingdom. Even when we first accept Christ as Savior, we are given responsibility, beginning with our own soul. Our soul is precious to God, and we are to ensure that it becomes a place of holiness for the Lord. Bad habits and patterns of thought that do not belong must go. New habits and thought patterns must take their place. As we demonstrate responsibility over ourselves, it will not take long for God to entrust to us new areas of responsibility. Some of these may be already close to us, such as our family, workplace, or school. As we demonstrate responsibility in one area, God will give us responsibility in greater areas. Even in the kingdom yet to come, there will be places of great responsibility. Our time on earth is a time of training for positions of authority we will hold in the eternal kingdom.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for giving me charge over my own soul. Show me how to manage my soul well, that it may become a place of holiness for you. Teach me also to live in readiness for whatever area of responsibility you give me.