Yesterday, we talked about focusing our will on living in holy relationship with God while still dealing with daily life on earth. Why? Because long ago, he called us to be holy. Unfortunately, there isn’t a person among us capable of accomplishing that on our own. We need Jesus as our standard bearer to lead us in our quest to stay in holy fellowship with God.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (The Message)
Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb.
Peter gives us wise counsel: Keep God at the center of our life. Not just a part of our life, but the very motivation for everything we do while we visit here on Earth. Thankfully, Peter goes on to tell us how to do that, namely never forget nor take for granted that most terrible price Jesus paid to save us from our much-deserved punishment for our sins. Remember the cost. The price was so great that no man could ever pay it. Without Jesus, we would have been doomed to eternal separation from God. Peter encourages us that by staying focused on Jesus and his once-for-all perfect sacrifice for us, we will be able to stay humble, grateful, and focused on whose we are and where we belong – with him.
How do we stay grateful for Christ’s sacrifice on a daily basis? Spend time reading the Gospels. These eye-witness accounts are the history of Jesus’ life and words and how he came to stand between us and eternal darkness and regret. HE is the ultimate motivator for using our time here to serve and obey God enthusiastically while we’re waiting to go home.
Focusing on the world, what we want and what we don’t have will only make us unhappy and unfulfilled and put distance between us and the one who loves us best: God. Instead, by staying focused on how very much God loves us and “who” our home really is, we will be able to live every day we’re here to please him instead of ourselves.
What do you focus your desires and demands on? Why?
As a Christ follower, do you agree with Pastor Calvin as to where our attention really belongs? If not, why not?
How often throughout the day do you remember the cost that Jesus paid?
Spend time in the Gospels reading about the life of Christ and what he said about how we should live as children of God.
Remember all this will pass away. Stay focused on your destination and your destiny.
As we continue through 1 Peter this week, we focus on 1 Peter 4 today.
Feel free to simply read through the chapter. Or, you can listen to it through the StreetLights Bible. Download the app or visit streetlightsbible.com.
Lord, thank you for saving me from a pointless life and a horrible forever. Please Lord, forgive me for all the times I forget to be grateful and help me to set my eyes on you and living as you would have me live during my visit here on Earth. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
This post was written by Martha Preckler. Martha loves Jesus and growing closer to him every day. She loves serving on the Sparkle Team and Greeter Team, as a Landing Leader, GrowthTrack hostess, and fill-in writer for LIO. Martha is the grateful mother of two grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Both sons are good writers, but one is a published urban fantasy writer and self-proclaimed grammar dictator, which he swears he picked up from his mother. She has been a Toledo Business Journal contributor, speech writer, as well as creator of dozens of promotional pieces for seniors’ events and programming offer by the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.
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