1 Peter 1:13-2:3

Are you up to God’s standards? 

God expects us to be like him and imitate him by following his standards. Peter says to be like God and to be Holy in every way. (Holiness means being totally devoted or dedicated to God). “Reverent fear” is not the fear that a slave has for a ruthless master but the healthy respect of a believer for the all-powerful God. Just like a judge in a court room, we should follow God as he is the judge of the Earth. We should not ignore him and treat him with respect. Only God’s love is permanent and we should put all of ourselves into focusing on what is permanent.

Even after people commit their lives to God – some may fall back into their old ways because it can be “easier” because they think that God is very needy, but really God is not that needy and just wants the best for us. He just wants your love and not a lot else. Don’t always follow others, if you don’t know what to do, ask God for some advice first. Don’t always make excuses, realise you have done wrong and then rely on God’s power to free us from sin. Don’t always follow others, if you don’t know what to do, ask God for some advice first. What gives us power to overcome sin? We can’t escape sin on our own; we need to God’s son, Jesus, to help us. God didn’t just sacrifice his son out of nowhere because the world was out of control, God planned to sacrifice his son since before the world had even begun. This information gave hope to the people in Peter’s time and so when Jesus came to Earth, they then knew God really cared about them. “Sincere love” involves selfless giving; self-orientated people can’t truly love. God’s love will help you to take your eyes off yourself and meet other’s needs. Christ showed this by giving His life away. He showed that he truly loves you and everyone else. You should followed his example, not by sacrificing you life but by loving others more than yourself and go out of your way to make someone else happy even if you have to make a sacrifice.

We shouldn’t assume that as we are God’s children we can do whatever we want. We should respect our father and not act like spoiled children. God ransomed us from the tyranny of sin, not with money but, with the precious blood of his own son. All children need milk to grow. The need for milk is a natural instinct for a baby, and it signals the desire for nourishment that will lead to growth, once we see our need for God’s word and begin to find nourishment in Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase and we will start to mature.

Father,

Thank you for all you have given to us. Thank you for sacrificing you son so that we can live sin free with your help.

Amen.

How much do you sacrifice to help others? Just a small gesture is enough to make someone’s day. Think about what God gave us and project that through you.

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