Tuesday 24 April, 2018

1 Peter 4:1-6

4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

It is clear to me that we cannot be ‘part time’ with our faith. Living out the call of God in my life has got to go beyond intellectual discussion – there is no real cost to me in that. The test of my commitment comes when I literally am prepared to feel the cost. For Jesus the cost of following the will of God was physical, emotional and spiritual.

For me the cost of my faith is to live real in a counter-cultural way. I have to be prepared to be laughed at, misunderstood or even rejected for my decisions. In some parts of the world I could face not just mockery or rejection but physical harm for following Jesus. For Jesus the cost of following the Father was worth it for our salvation. I need to be sure my heart is like Jesus. I want to be prepared to follow the call of God no matter what.

Lord help me to have the heart of Jesus. Help me to hear your call on my life. Help me to follow your will. Help me to bring Glory to your name. Amen

Written by Christine Knight

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