Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Lifetime Project

Today was another wonderful day at church, both in the worship service and in Sunday school. In Sunday school, one of our pastor/elders has been leading us through 1 Peter and it's been rich.

The study has me thinking about Christian behavior in a fallen world. Many professing believers today seem to think they have to copy worldly behavior to be "authentic." At least that's often one of the excuses given. In reality, I think it's just antinomianism rearing its ugly head albeit with new clothing. But it's not a witness for Christ. Far from it.

The words of the Apostle Peter—inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself—reflect the goal we all should have; the attitude toward living, thinking, breathing, relating etc. I'll post it below and let God's Word speak for itself.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:13-19). 

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