Just this week, a friend had the honor of having his adopted child being legally declared his. I am sure it is a surreal moment to have it declared officially and to know this child is forever yours. As great as this moment is, though, it is only the beginning. The parents now take their child and raise him according to their family’s ways, customs, and traditions. They teach the child, not how to earn his way into their family, but what it means to be a part of their family.
In our text this Sunday, we find a very similar situation. Peter has delivered the great declaration of our adoption in Christ (1 Peter 2:9-10) and has laid out the implications of this wonderful act in 1 Peter 2:11-3:22. Just as a father takes his newly adopted son and teaches him the ways of his new family, so God takes us and teaches us his ways. In 1 Peter 4:1-11, we learn how folks in God’s family carry themselves – not to earn God’s good favor but because of God’s good favor.
I would encourage you to take some time to reflect on God’s Word in 1 Peter. Start with the declaration of who we are in Christ in 1 Peter 2:9-10 and read through 1 Peter 4:1-11 to see the implications of that great truth. Since we have been adopted in Christ, how shall we live as God’s children? See you Sunday!