May 14th, 2007
When you’re a kid and you first start getting pocket money, your friends will expect you to spend it the same way they do. But if you’re an unusual child who prefers to spend your money on something more important, your friends are going to think you’re strange. If you believe that your life has a significance which reaches beyond satisfying your own desires, if you believe that your existence can be more meaningful than merely creating pleasures for yourself, if you treat the money and resources which come within your sphere of influence as opportunities for making investments that will endure when you are gone, then people are going to think you’re strange…
Peter’s First Letter — Chapter 4
4:1 Christ suffered for us in his body, and you should arm yourselves with the same attitude, because someone who has suffered in the body has stopped sinning. 4:2 Do not spend the rest of your time on earth satisfying human cravings; spend it doing the will of God. 4:3 You have already wasted enough time doing what unbelievers do, indulging in immorality, lechery, drunken binges, gluttony, wild parties, and unrestrained idolatry. 4:4 They are surprised that you do not leap into the same wild lifestyle with them, and they abuse you for it, 4:5 but they will have to answer to the one who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
4:6 This is why the Good News was preached even to dead people, so that they could be judged as humans in the body, but live in the spirit as God does. 4:7 The end of everything is approaching. Be level-headed and self-controlled in prayer. 4:8 Most importantly, love each other unfailingly, because love covers many sins. 4:9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 4:10 Each of you has received a gift. Use these gifts to serve each other, as good managers of God’s many types of gifts. 4:11 Someone who speaks should be speaking the very words of God. Someone who serves should serve with the strength which God supplies. God should be glorified in everything through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised about the fiery trial which you are going through, to test you, as if something unexpected was happening to you. 4:13 Celebrate because you are sharing in Christ’s sufferings, and you will be able to celebrate even more when his glory is revealed. 4:14 If you are abused for the sake of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 4:15 None of you should suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer, or a meddler in other people’s business. 4:16 But someone who suffers for being a Christian should not be embarrassed. Instead, praise God for being called by that name. 4:17 The time has come for judgment, beginning with the family of God. If it starts with us, how will it end for people who do not obey the Good News of God? 4:18 “If it is hard for righteous people to be saved, what will happen to ungodly people and sinners?” 4:19 People who suffer according to God’s will should keep doing what is right and trust themselves to the faithful Creator.
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