Posted by: missionventureministries | June 8, 2015

TRUE CHRISTIANS OBEY GOD – 1 Peter 1:14-16

1 Peter 1 vs 14-15

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16) 

The undeniable evidence of a true Christian is a changed life. We need to remember that if we do not change the way we live; our eternal destiny will also never change. 

When a person sincerely comes to Christ, this relationship will dramatically transform their life. The change will be seen immediately in some people and others it will take longer. For those whose lives were characterized by obvious bad habits and a remarkable immoral life, the change in lifestyle show others that something profound has happened inside. For others, who have not been involved in very obvious sins, the change may not be as obvious, but is equally significant. Remember that all of us were separated from God by sin (Romans 3:23) which was forgiven on the cross by Jesus Christ. 

Our conversion must be shown in both fruit and works. This concept of “bearing fruit” is often used in Scripture to describe the results of the surrender of a person to Christ. If we do not bear fruit, it shows that we have not actually been transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the cleansing blood of Christ, or made Him our Lord and Savior. 

Bearing fruit is not an option; it is the natural result of a person entering into union with God. Sometimes there is confusion in this matter of bearing fruit or doing works. But the Bible clarifies this. (Romans 7:4; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 7: 21-23) 

A changed life begins with obedience to God. When a person decides to follow God, a change takes place and there is tremendous joy (Galatians 5:22). We must realize that although sorrows do occur in the life of a believer, the Holy Spirit will give us a joy and peace that cannot be removed. For example, when we give up our sinful conduct, God replaces our sin with forgiveness and a clean conscience. The purpose of our lives becomes to please God and to honor Him in everything that we say, think and do. 

We recognize that we are a new creation when we understand what God has done in our lives and obedience becomes a desire more than just duty (2 Corinthians 5:14-17). When we obey God our thoughts effect our actions (Colossians 3:1-4). 

We must realize that once we are followers of Christ, Satan is not happy and will try to separate us from our walk with Him, tempting us to disobey the Word of God. We have to remember that we sin when we yield to temptation, but God has promised that He will always provide an escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

When some people sin and rebel against God they say “the devil make me do it,” that is a lie – the devil made a suggestion and our sinful nature voted for the devil and sin – that’s when righteousness looses the election. 

Some people observe the life of a Christian and say. “Living this way is too difficult!” It is true; it’s not easy being a Christian, in fact, it is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. 

The true Christian has the desire to live each day with faith, because the Holy Spirit will help us to understand the truths of Scripture and God’s character (John 16:13-15). And He will give us great courage and ability to live and share our faith (Acts 1:8). 

When we share our faith it produces joy. Although the job of bringing people to Christ is hard work, the result will give us unfathomable pleasure (John 4:36). 

As a Christian, one of the most dramatic changes in our life should be the way we spend our time. Our plans and ambitions in life should be different. After all, we must no longer live for ourselves but for God. 

We can tell what our priorities are when we ask ourselves: What is most important to me? – What do I think about most of the time? – How do I invest my time? – What do I spend most of my money on? – What forms and types of entertainment do I find amusing – videos, movies, music, books, jokes, etc.? 

Our time on earth is short, so we need to ask God to help us to invest it on things that that will last for time and eternity (2 Timothy 4:5-8). 

And finally, as Christians it is very important to remember that we are a representative of Christ. One of the most visible ways we represent Him is by our speech. So: 

  • Think before we speak. When we measure our words we show that we are wise and watchful individuals (1 Timothy 4:12) 
  • Control our tongue. When we learn to control our tongue we will also learn to control other aspects of our life (James 3:1-12) 
  • Restrain foolish talk. We are responsible for every idle word we speak (Matthew 12:35-37)

As Christians the Lord must always be the center of our attention. 

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

 

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