Devotional For Today:
Living For The Will Of God

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  Our Daily Devotional:

Since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.  – 1 Peter 4:1-2 

US Senator John McCain is a remarkable man. Politics aside, this man has shown incredible character in the face of torture by a ruthless enemy. He carries in his body the marks of torture suffered in a prisoner of war camp. Men of lesser character might have given in to the demands of those who tortured him, but not this man. The experiences that Senator McCain suffered in a POW camp served to strengthen his resolve to stand strong for freedom.

That is similar to what Peter is writing about. When we have suffered with Christ, for the same purposes as Christ, we not only bear the marks of suffering, but we are committed to live out our life for the will of God.

We have learned that the path of faith and discipleship is not an easy road. The sacrifices that we must make along the way require self-control and commitment to a cause greater than ourselves.

When I was a young man a close relative commented about my commitment to ministry. He said, “What a waste for a young man with such potential.” To those who do not see the cause of Christ, people of faith are wasting their lives, but to those who have taken up the cause of Christ there is no sacrifice too great.

The suffering of Senator McCain drove him to a life of service to our country. He has been committed to the freedoms that many have suffered and died for. We have a rich heritage of such men and women; both as a nation and as a people of faith.  Our faith is under constant attack, both as a movement and as individuals. We must not surrender to the onslaught of evil that would defeat the very purposes of Christ. Rather, we must be self-controlled and vigilant in defense of the Gospel.

Prayer, Meditation and Reflection:

Prayer: Father, help me to keep a focus on the goal and not to be influenced by the cost of serving you. In Jesus name, amen. 

Principle: To those who do not see the cause of Christ, people of faith are wasting their lives, but to those who have taken up the cause of Christ there is no sacrifice too great. 

Affirmation: My life is an investment in eternity. I may not see the results of my service now, but eternity will reward the sacrifices I have made for the Kingdom of God. 

Reflection: What was Peter referring to when he spoke of living for evil human desires as opposed to living for the will of God? Was it sinister evil, or the evil of living for ourselves? Give that question some thought.

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