Today our goal is to take everything we’ve learned this week and apply it to our lives.
First, write a summary of 1 Peter in your own words. Try to incorporate the things you learned over the last few days. Once you’ve got that done, now we’ve got to ask the million-dollar question:
How does this apply to me?
Before you start making a list of all the things you need to do differently, let me clear up a common misconception about application: It’s not about doing. It’s about being. God doesn’t give us the Bible so we can make a to-do list for ourselves. He’s not merely interested in better behavior from us; He wants the complete and radical transformation of our hearts. Of course, that will impact our behavior, but the change occurs from the inside out. Christ has done all the work for us on the cross; if our faith is in Him, then we are counted as righteous. Our task is now to learn how to live out that new identity in Him. –Swim in the Deep End
So what does 1 Peter 1 tell you about your relationship with Christ? How does it give you hope? Where does joy come from in your life? Can you rejoice even in the midst of trials? Why?
Now…how do you live that out?
Pray for God’s help in making that hope and joy a reality in your life. And then go share this with someone!