Peter makes several strong points throughout today's reading. I want to spend this time discussing two areas of the reading - the first two verses and the last two verses - as these versus convey a strong and crystal clear message to me.
In the first two verses Peter discusses one characteristic all children share. They want to grow up - to be like big brother or sister or like their parents. When we first accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are spiritual newborns. If we are healthy we will yearn to grow. All believers need to long for the spiritual nourishment of God's Word in order to spiritually grow and exhibit a different quality of life.
In verse one, Peter lists five sins of attitude and speech we must rid ourselves of for spiritual growth.
• Malice - an attitude like hatred, it includes holding grudges and acting out of these grudges against others.
• Deceit - deliberate dishonesty.
• Hypocrisy - acting in a way that conceals our true motives.
• Envy - desire to possess what belongs to someone else
• Slander - running down others verbally
Now I will shift the focus to the last two verses, Peter indicates that people should not base their self-worth on their accomplishments. As Christians we should realize that our relationship with Christ is far more important than our jobs, success, wealth, or knowledge. God has called us to be part of His church, to be priests that serve Him, and to make a valuable contribution. As we spiritually grow, our life focus will naturally shift from ourselves to doing and accomplishing God's will.
I enjoy reading these verses from 1 Peter. They always remind me that we are never too old to spiritually grow, and that I should not get too full of myself as my relationship with Christ is paramount to any earthly possession I might enjoy.
Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,