1 Peter 1:1,2 – Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who reside as strangers, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
The Bible is filled with ironies or what some would call contradictions. You know things like “the first will be last” and “blessed are those who are persecuted”. In this verse Peter calls Christians ‘those who are scattered yet those who are also chosen’. I guess to begin to understand this you have to understand what Peter meant by scattered. Sometimes we feel that we have been scattered when our world is blown to pieces and nothing at all seems to make sense. That’s how many Christians must have felt when they were scattered from their homes by persecution. That’s where we need to understand what Peter meant. He was writing to Christians who had been scattered. Actually that had been sown as seed exactly where the Lord wanted them.
Scattered, diaspora in Greek, describes the scattering of seeds. Christians were driven out of Jerusalem maliciously while all along they were chosen by the Lord to be His scattered seeds to fulfill His purposes all over the world. If you see your life as scattered haphazardly then you will fall into pity and discouragement. Seeing your problems as the Lord’s instrument to put you in a place to be planted as a seed to bare fruit changes everything.
So maybe you feel like an exile or a stranger in this crazy, godless society. Things may have been going rather smoothly in your life a couple of years ago and then everything was thrown up in the air by Covid and then scattered everywhere by the winds of Ida. That’s how these Jewish Christians must have felt when they were taken from Jerusalem into the idol worshipping pagan centers of civilization. Peter was telling them none of this was a surprise, they had been chosen by God to shine in the midst of a godless world. This is our moment to shine. The world has been trying to throw out all of our Christian heritage as a society but you and I are still here. They can’t get rid of us. Open your mouth, proclaim His goodness, let your words be scattered seeds. What does the Lord have in mind? He has prepared an unprecedented harvest from those who are scattered yet chosen by God.