Live Out Your Time in Reverent Fear
Read 1 Peter 1:17–21
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
In today’s passage, we receive Peter’s third instruction of four: “live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.” Peter has just told us to be holy in all that we do. Now, he reminds us that God is our heavenly Father and that we are in intimate relationship with Him through Jesus. Although we have this closeness with God, we should not forget that He is perfectly holy in every sense. And because of His holiness, each one of us will be judged based on the things we’ve done in and with our lives. As we live, then, Peter tells us to allow our relationship with God through Jesus to be primary. If that relationship is at the center, God, through the Holy Spirit, will transform our thoughts, attitudes, and actions so they reflect our true identity as set-apart people.
- Reflect on the phrase “reverent fear.” What comes to mind when you do? What negative associations do you have? What positive ones?
- Consider what it means that you were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ. What must be true of you from God’s perspective? What must be true of God?
- What is God seeking to draw your attention to through today’s passage?
God, thank You for redeeming me and calling me Your child. Let me not forget Your goodness and love and grace. And let me not forget Your holiness. My heart longs to conform to Your ways and to live out Your purposes. Yet I am weak and so easily tempted. Fill me with Your Spirit anew and work in me to transform all that still looks like my life before You, a life without You. Amen.
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