Today’s passage talks about the difference between the life of someone who does not have a relationship with Jesus and someone who does have that relationship. We see that the life of someone who does not know Jesus is “living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry”. Along with that, they do not understand why believers in Jesus will not partake in the same kind of activities (v.4).
For believers, Peter says that we need to “arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin”. This is key, because if we are willing to suffer as Christ has suffered then we will not give into temptations that the world may throw at us. Also, if we do this then our lives show we are living “for the will of God” (v.2b).
Peter ends this section with telling believers to be self-controlled, sober-minded, loving, being hospitable, and using the gifts they have, so that “in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (v.11).
Some things to think about:
- Are you living like the world (v.3) or are you living as a follower of Jesus (v.7-11)?
- Are you willing to share the Gospel with those who are spiritually dead? (v.6)
- Everyone will be judged on the final day, are you ready to give an account for everything you have ever done? (v.5)
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice