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Temporary Stay

Temporary Stay
Living Like a Sojourner

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each ones' work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 1 Peter 1:17 (NKJV)

Have you ever pondered how short life is?   I know I do.  It seems like it was just yesterday when I was 12-years old and riding my Schwinn Sting-Ray to Huntington Beach, and yet 40 years has passed since then.   We are reminded in the Bible about how temporary our time here on earth is.  The Psalmist acknowledged his days as Handbreadths, and how his age was as nothing before God (Ps. 39:5).  And James reminded us of how we do not know what will happen tomorrow.  He then asks, "What is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14).  

We have been told these things so we do not use our time foolishly. Peter urged all followers of Jesus to conduct themselves throughout their stay here in fear.  This was a call for us to live a lifestyle pleasing to God—one different from non-Christians.  If we have been saved by grace we must walk in good works as the evidence of grace.  

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

As Christians we must remember God will evaluate our lives, as we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and receive the things done in the body, according to what we have done, whether good or bad  (Rom. 14:10-12; 2 Cor 5:10).  If we have been washed with the blood of the lamb and have been given the power over the bondage of sin (Rom. 6:4) then shouldn't we walk in newness of life—knowing our time to further the kingdom is short?

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to live in reverential awe of God because the Christian life is a temporary stay on this earth.  Let's finish this race strong!

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 4:1-2 how should we be living our lives?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you living for the will of God?

APPLICATION: Let's continue to keep our minds fixed upon the Lord and His Word—allowing our minds to be renewed and our lives transformed.  Let's make a decision within our heart to live as if Jesus is coming back today.

Let's Pray…

Father, thank You for giving us Your strength to live a righteous life.  Father, forgive us for the times we have lived in the lust of men.  Renew us today and enable us to walk in newness of life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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