1) What kind of example about living out your faith are you providing to others? When others see you, how do they believe they should be living their lives?
2) What is humility? How do you live a humble life in today’s aggressive culture?
3) Are you on the devil’s hit list? How can you be prepared for his attack?
The final chapter of 1 Peter brings us words of challenge and action. First, Peter calls on us to be examples to others. In verses 1-4, Peter calls the elders to live out the caring role of a shepherd. While he lists some of the details of how to do this, his point is that the elders should live in a way that provides an example of how all should live. Beyond these words, I believe we are all called to live before others as an example of what it means to truly follow Christ.
The next call to action is not what you might think of from someone issuing the final words of a letter. In verses 5-6, Peter calls us to be humble; to be submissive. Humility is a key issue in the New Testament modeled by Jesus Himself (see Philippians 2:1-8). Unfortunately, humility is not valued in our culture today. Although humility is often viewed by society as weakness, we must strive to live the humble lives modeled and taught in the Bible.
The final call to action is a word of warning. In verses 8-9, Peter reminds us that we have an enemy that we need to be aware of and prepared for. But notice the warning has an internal and an external component to it. “Be alert,” for the devil is roaming around looking for his next victim. But also “be self-controlled.” That is, have your own life in order as to not give the devil the opportunity to make you that next victim.