Thursday, October 25, 2012

1 Peter 4:1-3

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Too often the Hebrews 11:25 verse referencing “the pleasures of sin for a season,” is used to excuse why sin seems like so much fun. Someone will say, “Well you see, it is really fun…for a season.” As if the idea that since the fun is only temporary somehow that makes it less fun. Cupcakes bring me happiness for the eleven seconds it takes me to one. I still eat cupcakes. I like cupcakes alot. The duration of the fun is not the point. The type of fun is the issue. According to verse 3 today, living a life of sin and impurity is living after the “will of the Gentiles.” This should stand in stark contrast with the “will of God,” which is to do right, and live holy and pure. You don’t have to be duped into thinking of sin as the thing that you don’t want to do, only because the pleasure doesn’t last forever. No, the reason you don’t do sin is because it stands as a direct affront to the perfect design of God the Creator, who made all things a specific way, including you, and knows exactly how they should work. Furthermore, the reason you shouldn’t sin according to verse 1 is that Jesus died so that you wouldn’t have to sin anymore. Before His death and your salvation, you were a slave to sin. You didn’t sin because you liked it, you sinned because you had to. You couldn’t help it. Now Jesus has died and in His death bought you forgiveness. He has risen from the dead, in His resurrection we can now have victory over sin. The reasons for not sinning are legit, not based in the fact that sin “is only fun….for a season.” No, the reasons for not sinning are this: sin is wrong; sin is against God; sin no longer can control you if you are in Christ. Now, go eat a cupcake and stop sinning.
Food For Thought: According to today’s devo, what isn’t the reason we don’t sin? Give three real reasons why we shouldn’t sin.