“For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do.”
Enough? Yes Peter says in 1Pet.4:3, “enough ungodliness!” Living in the light yet wanting to spend time in the dark is a very real and daily struggle for many believers. What’s the solution?
Some say we have been redeemed by the righteousness of Christ and thus we need not worry about this. They say since Christ did everything for us, thus we need to do nothing. They forget that we are called to intentionally live holy lives. While the Holy Spirit lives in us and empowers us, yet we have to make every effort to be holy in cooperation with Him.
Some say we are only human, so it can’t be helped and they don’t make any effort to pursue godliness. That’s resignation – certainly not what the Bible teaches. They forget too that God gave us His Spirit to give life to our mortal lives. There is resurrection power in the Spirit of God!
God has not left us without help. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to enable us to live the kind of life He wants us to live – holy, faithful and fruitful lives. Learning to live in obedience to God’s written Word and be led by the inner prompting of the Spirit are critical to holy living and fruitful ministry.
We forget too that holy living is not just something we do for ourselves (of course it is something we do because God is holy), we are to teach others to be holy too! That’s what disciple-making is all about, making men and women holy, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” – Jesus defined disciple-making in Mt.28:19-20. That’s what pastors, church leaders and cell group leaders are supposed to do at a deeply personal level with everyone under their care, not just run a teaching programme.
May believers everywhere grow in obedience to God’s Word and the leading of the Hily Spirit.
1Pet.4:3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.