1 Peter 4:1–6 (ESV)
Stewards of God’s Grace
4 Since therefore
Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 3 For the time
that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery,
and they malign you; 5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit
the way God does.
Peter again tells us how we should be living. To get right to the point, we are to live for the “will of God.” He tells us the time for partying is over, you are
a Christian now and are to live as a Christian and live for God. I will list his little check list again, but I don’t think I need to elaborate on the check list of items. We are to put behind us “living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness,
orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.” Kind of sounds like college life, but I didn’t get caught up in it. What is interesting is that when you say no, I can’t make it... they look surprised! This is the point
Peter is making: “4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you.” We are to put away sinful living and live for the Lord. We do this out of love.
I pray: O Lord, continue working in me and changing me. You are the potter, I am the clay. I can’t mold myself, it is you who molds me according to your will. I don’t get to dictate
on what I want to be, but you make me into what you want me to be. Amen.