Tuesday, September 2, 2019

The Kitchen Table

Day 26

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.  The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen                    1 Peter 4:1-11

We have been created to love, live and laugh in this life.  How we do that differs depending on who we ask.  How we live this life will depend on where we live it from.  We can live from our flesh or from our faith.  Peter admonishes us to keep loving, keep living with respect and keep laughing (or keep enjoying this life) as we serve God’s will for today.  I know that others are convinced that you live, love and laugh by catering to the desires of a fallen human race but that’s not how it works.  If we let our need for entertainment enslave us to the cravings of our fallen nature then we will find ourselves drowning is the debauchery, maligning our own reputation and crying over our lost opportunities.  Jesus once prayed, “not my will but your will…” when he faced the cross.  Keep this privilege of prayer close to your heart.  It’s here, in the privilege of prayer that Jesus overcame the feeding frenzy o the flesh and it’s where we will do the same.  Knowing God’s will for our lives will become clearer and clearer as we spend time with Him in prayer.  It’s there, with Him, that our attitudes and ambitions are changed.  Knowing God’s will for our lives will involve a struggle because we will have to choose to live in faith or in the flesh and the best way to deal with that struggle is to spend time with the Father. 

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