“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
1 Peter 2:17 ESV
Peter gives us an impossible to-do list. It's also a picture of the three kinds of relationships we're to live out by grace through faith: Upward, inward and outward relationships. Up, in and out. (Think triangle with UP at the top)
UP - "Fear God." This is our posture in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Holy respect, honor and awe for his holiness and power.
IN - "Love the brotherhood." Peter is referring to our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Church. These "insiders" are family. We love them out of the overflow of loving our good God.
OUT - "
Love Honor everyone...honor the emperor." Peter reminds us to love and respect everyone no matter where they stand with God. This is the missional impulse of a rescuing God. He calls us to join him in this great work.
(See Jesus flesh out these 3 kinds of relationships in Luke 6:12-19.)
This is what we do as Christ-followers. If you follow Jesus, you do what he did. We love God (UP) and love people (IN and OUT). But not in our own strength.
We cannot do this apart from the grace of God. Pray for His Spirit to work in and through you to accomplish this impossible to-do list.
What is God saying to you?
What are you going to do about it?
Who should you share this truth with today?
Note: The UP, IN, OUT triangle comes from Mike Breen and the team at 3DM Ministries. 3DMovements.com for more information and resources