Daily Devotion from Jen Auer 05-22-23

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him to come and die”. For a Christian, this quote should speak to the core of a person’s salvation and redemption. How when a person allows Jesus into their heart, and when they truly turn to Him through salvation, that person’s old life of habits and of sinful living need to die, because now that person is redeemed and should be choosing to live in the new life that Christ offers. Is living the new life in Christ easy? No, it takes obedience and focus on wanting to grow in a thriving relationship with Christ.

Prior to today’s passage, Peter ended chapter 3 with Suffering for Doing Good, we must “Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!” (3:17) Peter goes on in chapter 4 to help us see how we are now to be Living for God. He wants us to realize that Jesus changed and continuously is changing us from the inside out. The old person who we once were is no longer alive, because Jesus saved us from that wasted dead life that we once entertained.

Friends, we cannot go back to our dead living, we must stay the course with Jesus and live in the new life that only He can offer and we must focus on growing ever so close to Him each day.

1 Peter 4:1-6 (NLT)

Living for God

1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.

4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead. 6 That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for what You endured so that I might be forgiven and truly live. Help me, Lord, to keep living for You. Please use me to bring more people into Your Kingdom. I ask all of this in Your Holy Name, Jesus. Amen.

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