The Same Intention

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God.
(1 Peter 4:1–2, NRSV)

It is given that Christians—if they are true to their faith and calling—will be ostracized, sidelined, and even persecuted for their faithfulness to Jesus.

Peter here encourages us to make up our minds to follow Jesus even to the point of suffering for our faith. We are to live the rest of our lives according to the will of God, not the following after human desires.

Peter may have been thinking of a short time until the coming of Jesus in glory, but it doesn’t matter. However long it is, live for Jesus.

What follows in the Bible passage is a list of things that people at work talk about as they plan their weekends or recount their conquests. People are living for things that are piles of junk. Live for Jesus.

The day may come that we North American Christians are actively persecuted. Many Christians the world over are persecuted today. No matter. Live for Jesus.

I’m an old man. If I determine to live the rest of my life by the will of God, I might accomplish something. Maybe not all that much.

But imagine what could happen if a young lady made the same determination. Imagine that she set an example for her family and her church. Imagine that they joined her in living truly for Jesus.

That young lady could really make a difference.

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