Tuesday 7 October, 2014

1 Peter 1:17-21

17 You call on a Father who judges each person’s work without favoring one over another. So live your lives as strangers here. Have the highest respect for God. 18 The blood of Christ set you free from an empty way of life. That way of life was handed down to you by your own people long ago. You know that you were not bought with things that can pass away, like silver or gold. 19 Instead, you were bought by the priceless blood of Christ. He is a perfect lamb. He doesn’t have any flaws at all. 20 He was chosen before God created the world. But he came into the world in these last days for you. 21 Because of what Christ has done, you believe in God. It was God who raised him from the dead. And it was God who gave him glory. So your faith and hope are in God.

Take a look at this passage in The Message version. It includes the following:

“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in.”

What a challenge – to live a life that means something. It is easy to get stuck in the rut of being busy. God did pay a huge price (the life of Jesus) to allow us to be more than that – to think about Him and others and to do something worthwhile. How are you going with that? There are lots of ways we can do something worthwhile. It can be something small, behind the scenes or it can be something obvious – God has given us different skills and passions. Talk to Him about what is your thing and then think about how to fit it into your life. Let’s all be more than ordinary!

Lord thanks so much for wanting each one of us to shine and working out a way to make that happen. Thank you that You were happy to pay the price even though it was profound. Help me to make full use of the opportunity. Speak to me about how I can be more than ordinary.

Written by Therese Manning

2 replies
  1. Justin Ware says:

    I am indeed set free from an empty way of life, so it makes no sense for me to keep acting in a way that mirrors that empty way – the meaning and purpose that God gives me means that it has been overcome… But it is still a struggle for me to remain focused on the higher things, the real stuff of God and not the worries and woes of what is right in front of me!

    God help me to be constantly reminded of your plan and purpose and help me to truly overcome the ways of the world.

  2. David Newton says:

    Simple and clear with a challenge, I like your observations of this passage.
    ‘to live a life that means something’
    What a great subject to meditate on.
    Thanks Therese

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