Christians have a beautiful relationship with our Savior! We have a different mindset (Rom. 12:1-2). We have exchanged the values of the “world” with the teachings of the Lord Jesus. We have the Word of God to believe, read, meditate and reflect upon. We have His promise that He will bless us. We have countless blessings and privileges. But, we must never neglect our responsibilities. We have been called out of a domain of darkness into the marvelous light of Christ’s kingdom, the Church. (Col.1:12-14) Our values now must centered in “the things that are above, not the things below.” (Col. 3:1-3)
The Old Paths Lead to Holy Living. ( 1 Peter 1:13-16) If our aim is to be “An Approved Servant of The Lord,” we will continue in the “old paths.” Christians must strive and seek to live holy lives. We realize that we can never be holy except through our relationship to Jesus.
Peter gives us some instruction in 1 Pet.1:13-16 (ESV) on how we can live a holy life, one that is pleasing to God. First of all he says that we must “prepare our minds for action.” The Christian must make up his or her mind that they are going to put Jesus first in their lives. We must practice mind renewal in a mindless society. Every aspect of our being must be centered on the Person of the Lord Jesus. He must be preeminent in our lives. He must be number 1!
Peter further instructs us that we mus be “sober-minded”This means that we must be serious about our relationship to Jesus. He then tells us that we must “set out hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” We must always give our best to Jesus. Having the hope that is a reality that Jesus is coming back again as he promised in His Word should motivate us to greater service.
In 1 Pet. 1:14, Peter reminds us that we are to be”obedient children.” This reminds us of Jesus’ words in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” We are further reminded that if we want to be “An Approved Servant of the Lord,” we will seek to conform our lives to the “image of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
As we said earlier, no person can be holy in and of themselves. Peter reminds us that we are holy and must live holy lives because our God is holy. He has promised to equip us for every good work. He has promised to provide all that we need to live the Christian life. He has promised that if we will seek the “old paths,” that He will bestow upon us “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3) Can we ask for a more loving and precious and giving Heavenly Father?
-Larry Miles, January 16, 2014