The daily readings for Thursday through Saturday serve as a preparation and build-up to the Sunday, while the Monday through Wednesday readings follow up the Sunday message. While most of the preparation readings come from several different books, the 1 Peter starts with verse 9 and runs through Sunday.
But you are God’s “chosen generation”, his “royal priesthood”, his “holy nation”, his “peculiar people”—all the old titles of God’s people now belong to you. Phillips In the Greek, we learn that we are chosen…for possession.
It is not possible for any human to approach God or to choose to live with God. The divide between us is too great. But God in His absolute power can approach us. He literally says, as the famous WWI poster put it, I Want You. God wants us to be his children. He wants us to be like Jesus, to be his sons and daughters.
There is a difference between our status on earth in this life and on the New Earth in the next life. Here, we are students (talmidim) of Jesus. We belong to him. We are expected to do what he does, not what we want to do. We are his sheep, and we should respond to his voice and ignore the voices of strangers.
That also means that we should live our lives much as the Twelve led theirs. We need to form a tightknit community of believers and work in the world to provide as much of God’s live as possible. That very community can be a problem for outsiders who can see us as a threat.
Peter wants us to respond to the pressures of non-believers. Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you; but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming. CJB
To be good followers, we must do as the Master did, and try to understand what he would do in our modern world.
Be righteous and do good.