Oh my. 1 Peter 2 is chalk full of great stuff. I could write about it for days! Let me share some of the highlights before getting to today’s topic.
5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
I think I need to have a 1 Peter 2 week of just talking about the truth in all of these scriptures. We need to live like we are chosen by God. We need to understand that we are being built into a spiritual house. In fact, we are a temple of the Lord. When we live such good lives, others will see us and be saved. And we can live good lives – great lives – because Jesus took our sins and we have been set free to live a righteous life. And don’t forget that we are healed by the power of His death and resurrection. This is just great, foundation stuff! But me, I often like to choose the unlikely scripture in a chapter to think about. So here it is:
15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.
Shut their mouth!
You ever heard foolish talk? Of course you have. Foolish talk may come in the form of slandering others, course joking, trash-talking God, gossip, or even just useless babble. You know that person who seems to just like to hear their own voice? Well we know from Proverbs that babbling on and on can make people sound foolish. It is strange really, because we feel that if we use more words we will sound like we know what we are talking about. But in reality, the wisest people often say the least.
So how do you counter these people who offend you or irritate you with their mouths? Do you prove them wrong? Do you tell them to shut their traps? Peter tells us that we can be most effective simply by doing good. We don’t have to think up the ultimate comeback. We don’t need to pick apart their argument. We simply need to do good. They will see our lives and get the hint. At that’s what Peter says is God’s will. I don’t know about you, but I would rather just tell them to shut it. But I think it is worthwhile to give this way a try. After all, if it is God’s will – it will certainly work.