Duties of a Christian
As we come away from the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread we have a renewed mindset. Having examined ourselves we may have recognized some faults. Going even further, we ask God to help us by revealing faults we may not see. Now we go forward in a new year. For the year ahead we not only want to correct our shortcomings, but also grow. Preparing for the work ahead Peter tells us to gird up the loins of our minds. And so we should. Peter also gives us some further direction by mentioning 5 duties of a Christian. He states “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.” But why does Peter use the word finally just before giving these 5 areas to grow in? After all there are 2 ½ chapters left to this book. More than 1000 words yet to be penned. Finally is the Greek word telos – meaning an end, purpose, or aim. In other words, here is the end-goal purpose. Here is the end game. We can understand more fully Peter’s points by diving deeper into these 5 duties of a Christian.