Has anyone ever told you, "Hey, you remind me of someone"? One of the greatest compliments you could ever receive is "You remind me of Jesus." Not because you have a beard and sandals and a robe, but because you have a personality that compels someone else to notice that in you.
As believers, our ultimate example of how to live is Jesus Christ. And in 1 Peter 2, the apostle gave us several ways we can grow to be more like our Savior:
1. Live with endurance. "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps" (v. 21). We are called to put up with harsh circumstances and harsh people, to endure unfair treatment, because we follow a suffering Savior (see 2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus Christ is the one by whom we trace the behavior of our life, in good times and bad.
2. Forgo vengeance. Verses 22-23 say Jesus "'committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth'; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten." It's so natural for us to want to get revenge. But Jesus didn't fight back when He was verbally abused and people made untrue accusations against Him.
3. Rest in confidence. Jesus "committed Himself to Him who judges righteously" (v. 23). Commit means to turn over or let go. We're to confidently rest in God's ability to handle the hurt that's been done to us (see also 1 Peter 4:19). This is something you have to learn to do not just once, but many times. Because if you don't, you will very quickly become a bitter person. It'll eat you up. So commit it to the Lord.
4. Love with extravagance. "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed" (v. 24). Jesus was all in. It's not just that He endured people saying bad things to Him or slapping Him. He gave His life's blood for the people who said and did those things. As Romans 5:8 says, "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." That's the heart of the gospel, because that's the heart of God. And that ought to be the heart of God's people toward others.
5. Display patience. "For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls" (v. 25). God was patient with you when you lived in rebellion, so display patience with others. Give people a chance. As Paul wrote, "Love suffers long and is kind.... [Love] bears all things" (1 Corinthians 13:4, 7).
The key of this whole section of Scripture is verse 12, where Peter wrote, "Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles." If you and I live like Jesus, it could be a catalyst for unbelievers who are watching us to come to know Christ. So think about it: Do you represent Jesus to every person you interact with? If people could see Him in you, if they could be drawn to the Savior because of the way you live your life, that would be monumental.