Nearly 2,000 years ago, Peter wrote a letter to believers in a situation not much different than our own. As followers of Christ, we are called to live out our faith in a world that often does not understand us and sometimes is quite antagonistic. We live in a world that is not our home, but desperately needs God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore, Peter does not want us to be surprised by opposition, but see it as an opportunity to live out our faith showing the difference life in Christ makes. There is no greater apologetic to the world than for the believer to display the love of God while sharing His message of hope and salvation. Jesus issued a call to discipleship that warned of dangers ahead: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23). Jesus is not looking for mere believers, though belief is the first command. Christ has called for His disciples to follow Him while being changed by Him and committed to His mission. In our series: First Peter, we learn how to stand firm, living with hope as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus awaiting eternity with Him by making an eternal difference in this world that is not our home.