1 Peter 4: With The Same Resolve
Key Verse: Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same resolve–because the One who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin–in order to live the remain time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. -1 Peter 4:1-3
Christianity is not a Sunday-morning event, nor is it a belief system. Rather, Christianity is a way of living–from the inside out. It’s a way of thinking, it’s an attitude, it’s a way of entertainment, it’s a way of speaking–it’s a way of being. A Christian lifestyle doesn’t just happen, it is purposed, and because we live in a me-centered culture, it must be predetermined and cultivated. To live according to God’s will, we must have the same resolve to please God that Jesus had.
In 1 Peter, 4:1-3, Peter reminded the early church to live with Jesus-like resolve when he penned, “…since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same resolve–because the One who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin–in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.” Peter reminded his readers that they ought to be willing to suffer in the flesh like Jesus did. Furthermore, Peter emphasized that the goal of a Christian’s life is to do the will of God, abandoning their former way of living of fulfilling the lusts and desires of the flesh. Urgently, Peter warned the early believers that they must have the same resolve as Jesus to live in the will of God. New Believers were to live by unmovable conviction, not preference.
Living in God’s will requires that we forsake the desires of our me-centered flesh, which ultimately leads to destruction. It means giving up time to feed our soul with God’s Word and strengthening our Spirit by spending time in prayer. It requires that we forsake entertainment that glorifies fleshly living, causing our hearts to hunger for the desires of this world. To live in God’s will means forsaking the pleasures of this world–it requires Jesus-like resolve. What do you need to do to become closer to God and live in His will? Are you willing to do it?