May 1, 2013

Today you should read: 1 Peter 4:1-11

1 Peter 4 is a powerful chapter!  It has a lot that we need to take in today.  This section is all about living for God.  It shows us what that will look like.

Verses 1-6 tell us about the Change of Life that comes from us meeting Jesus.  Peter summarizes in verse two, saying:

You won’t spend the rest of your life chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.

Does that sound like you?

He goes on:

You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy – their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols (anything we put ahead of God).

Take a moment right now and think about how God has changed you since you met Him.

What’s different in your life now?  How are you different from those you know who don’t have a relationship with God through Jesus?

Reflect on these verses…

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  1 John 2:15

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  James 4:4

Verses 8-11 remind us that the change that Christ makes causes us to care for others.

In Love (v.8)

Love is the most important thing we do.  Loving God and loving others.

How has your love for those in your family and around you been evident this week?

In Hospitality (v.9)

Open your home, share a meal, provide for a need…

When’s the last time you did this?

In Service (v.10-11)

How do you regularly serve God and His church?

Are you using the spiritual gifting that God gave you?

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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