We’re going to read through the letters of Peter, and since they’re so hearty, we’ll be reading one chapter at a time. You can get a quick overview of the whole book here.
“So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desire.” 1:13-14
I like the way these verses are written out; it reads like a long train of thought. Or like someone’s self-talk: Think clearly and exercise self-control. How? By keeping the perspective that eventually Jesus will rescue us from our sinful selves forever. So we need to represent him well while we wait. How? By dedicating ourselves to living for him instead of ourselves.
Take a minute and remember what you were like before Jesus started changing your heart and reshaping you. What did you think about? How did you spend your time? Who did you spend your time with?
What are the answers to those questions these days? What influences the change? What desire are you trying to satisfy, God’s desire for your life, or yours?