Think Straight

1 Peter 1:13-25: As believers we are challenged in this passage to consider how we’re living our life. Is my life focused on being productive for God or is it caught up in the many things that the world tries to tell me are important?“Be alert and think straight, put all your hope in how God will treat you with undeserved grace when Jesus Christ appears.” It can’t be said in a more clear way that we need to live our lives in differently.
“Don’t let your lives be controlled by your desires.” People not living in the Kingdom of God find themselves being led not be the purposes and goals of God for their lives but by their very own desires which have been totally corrupted by sin and Satan.
“Always live as God’s holy people should.” There will be a difference in our lives, whether we are children, youth or adults clearly there is a way in which God wants us to live that is different from the the way the world lives.
Why live differently? God says “I am the holy God, and you must be holy too.”
Verses 17-21 ends with the statement “that’s why you have put your faith and hope in God”. We find the reason for our faith in God in these verses. We see that our salvation is not based on what we can purchase (silver and gold) or give to merit it. Our salvation comes from the sacrifice of the precious blood of Christ, “a lamb without blemish or defect.” this was the plan of God well before the creation of the world. This statement really puts everything into perspective, God had a plan which means he foresaw the need and that really starts to hurt our heads as we think about it.
“And when he did come, it was to lead you to have faith in God, who raised him from death and honoured him in a glorious way. This is why you have put your faith and hope in God.” (v21)
Jesus came for one purpose and that was to bring us to faith in God, everything he did was with this intention in his mind. So with this in mind it’s good to look back at the start of the paragraph: “You say that God is your Father, but God doesn’t have favorites! He judges all people by what they do. So you must honor God while you live as strangers here on earth.” Jesus came intentionally to lead us to faith in God and if this is the case we must honour God. Finding God changes everything in our lives!
The final section, 22-25, tells us what the result of our new found faith in God should be. By obeying the truth our souls are made pure with the result being that we love each other sincerely. This is not a superficial love that is based on the physical aspects of a person, their character, appearance or their success story. If we have found faith in God then our motives for loving people change from these to seeing them through God’s eyes. If God cared enough about the person I’m seeing that he gave Christ as a sacrifice for him then I should love that person too.
The ending focuses on the finality of man, we will pass away from this earth. But God and his Word will always remain. Our foundation isn’t human in nature, everything that humanity does will breakdown but God and His Word will never diminish in power or authority.
God calls us to live differently than the world. Obedient to him, living as strangers on the earth and treating each other in a new way with love because God loved us enough to send Christ to be the sacrifice for our sins – a lamb with out blemish – planned out before the foundations of the world were established.

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