12 Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! 13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
Stand firm in the grace of God. This is what Peter has been saying throughout this entire letter. He has given us the how, when, why who, and where of this statement. Are we going to follow it?
The term “stand firm” is one that hadn’t meant a whole lot to me until I bought a cool looking t-shirt that said it. Since then, I’ve taken it a bit more to heart. This phrase is used a lot from the apostles in describing how we should behave and act against sinfulness, the ways of this world, and temptations from our spiritual enemy. Paul used this term in just about every one of his letters in the New Testament. Click here to see them.
As we look back through Peter’s letter, we see a lot about worship. That we were created to serve the creator. This is how we stand firm in God’s grace, by worshiping Him! It seems contrary to our natural, prideful, selfish way of thinking. We feel the need to buckle down, toughen up, and dig in for the onslaught of attacks but it isn’t what God calls us to do. He calls us to worship Him in the way He designed us to. We give it all to Him, as He asks us to, because the battle is already won. This is how we accept and use His grace: that He saved us from something and for something. As Peter said, “this is the true grace of God.” Let’s worship Him in response!