As Obedient Children (12/20)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from 1 Peter 1-5.

Christians are the children of God. Just as an earthly father would, our heavenly Father expects certain behavior out of His children. We are not free to do as we please and expect God to be happy with whatever we do. We are expected to do His will.

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:14-16).

What does God expect of His children? This passage mentions a few things:

  1. He expects us to be obedient. Many try to minimize the need for obedience to the will of God because this would somehow mean that one was trying to earn his salvation. This is simply not the case. Salvation cannot be earned. However, God certainly expects us to be obedient if we want to be saved (Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 5:9).
  2. He expects us to give up sin. We know that all have sinned (Romans 3:23). Therefore, any child of God would have a past life that was filled with sin. But this life of sin is not to continue once one becomes a child of God. We are to put on a “new self” (Colossians 3:10) and no longer “let sin reign” over us that we “obey its lusts” (Romans 6:12).
  3. He expects us to increase in knowledge. Our “former lusts” were rooted in “ignorance” (1 Peter 1:14). The solution to this problem is the knowledge of God’s word. We are to grow in the knowledge (2 Peter 3:18), always “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).
  4. He expects us to be like Him. We are to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). We are to be godly – which means like God – in all that we do (Titus 2:12).

As children of God, we should be clearly distinguishable from the children of the devil. John wrote, “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God…” (1 John 3:10). We must practice righteousness if we wish to please God.

Tomorrow’s reading: Hebrews 1-6

[I’m using the Chronological reading plan on the Bible Gateway website if you’d like to follow along, too.]

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