“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” –1 Peter 4:1-2
Last week we discussed suffering for Christ. This week we’re going to look at how to live for God because Christ suffered for us. In 1 Peter, Chapter 4, Peter lays out the idea of living for Christ. Peter says that when believers are willing to endure suffering in Christ’s name, they allow God to make their purpose in life to live according to his will and for his glory rather than for their own earthly pleasures. As followers of Christ, we are called to be like Jesus. Jesus is a perfect example of someone who fully lived for the will of God. That’s why Peter tells us to arm ourselves with the same purpose as Christ: to live according to the will of God, even if that means that we have to suffer.
What does that mean for us? We must evaluate our lives and refocus who or what we are living for. We must shine Jesus’ light in all that we do. Today, I urge you to pray and ask God to reveal to you the areas in your life that do NOT glorify him. Begin to look for ways to shine his light, his love, and his grace.