Here we see God's heart and His desire for those called by His
In verse 1 we read, having become children of God, we must put
aside "all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil
We will not be able to go God's way if these things are in our
lives. But if we obey our Lord and part from sin, then we will have only one craving and
that is to drink of the pure milk of the Word of God like newborn babies.
God calls us to come close to The Corner Stone, Jesus Christ, that
many others have rejected. There are many foundations in this world, but God wants us to
build upon the One True Foundation. Then we too will be like Living stones, built up in
Him. We must put our faith in Him then we will be like Him and live like Him.
The Bible says whoever believes in Him will never be disappointed
(verse 6). The one who build on this corner stone will never be put to shame. Where He is
there is life, and we will find true life as we draw nigh to Him.
On whom do you build your faith?
It's true there are Christians who attend church regularly but
there's no true life in their lives.
It's possible that you are a Christian but yet you don't know who
you are in Christ. You call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ yet your life doesn't show
it. If you're a Christian you cannot be like others. The Bible says a person in Christ is
a new creation, all things have become new (2Cor 5:17). Your conduct and the way you go
about doing things must show it.
We must grasp hold of this identity that we've been chosen out of
this world to be a peculiar people of God. If you believe it is because of God's electing
love towards you.
Maybe you still desire the world because you've never been chosen
of God but have just made your own decisions?
Having chosen us, God has a task for each one. He wants us
separate from sin because He wants to use us. Unless you separate from sin God cannot use
In John 15 Jesus says, "I am the true vine".
And in John 3:16, "For God so loved the word that He gave His
only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have Everlasting
He has also called us to be a royal priesthood. It shows us to
what extent He has chosen and called us.
At first the priesthood only belonged to the tribe of Levi, but by
God's grace we have now been called. We have also received this calling to pass it on to
others that they too might receive new life in Christ Jesus.
To preach the Gospel and testify is important, but your life
should go together and show forth the transformed life of Christ. Is that witness and
testimony evident in your life? Is the work of Jesus evident in your life?
Each of us ought to have a testimony that Jesus has called you out
of darkness and put a new song in your mouth, as we read in Ps 40:3. Is that changed life
evident in your life? If not, why not?
That is where God wants us to be, the life He expects us to live
to make us well-pleasing in His sight. We need to have this concern, "am I living in
the will of God today?" Do you take after Jesus? He has combined the offices of
priest and king for His children. He doesn't just call us servants because a servant
doesn't know what his master is doing. He wants us to be so close to Him that we are
united with Him. He calls us His friends and coworkers.
Are you ruled by Him or your own desires? Is God's will done in
your life? Then you will be one with Him.
Remember the three friends of Daniel. It didn't matter to them
that they found themselves in a foreign country for they remained faithful to God. And
their faithfulness convinced that heathen king and He commanded that all should reverence
the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. We need to demonstrate that we are God's
children by living holy lives, even as He is holy.
By God's grace this work is accomplished in my life and I cannot
Finally God's Word says we need to take care to "abstain from
sinful desires that war against the soul", and live such lives before the heathen
that even if they slander us they might be put to shame by our godly conduct (1Pet 3:16).
Do not take those sinful desires lightly for they want to destroy you. Cry for help when
you see these sinful desires entering your life. Don't be silent lest you waste away.
There is a work to do, but how can we do the work while we are
defeated? You will harm God's work if you allow these lusts to enter your life. If you
allow this fire of lust to burn in your life you will eventually become a traitor to God
and harm His work.
May God's fruit be found in our lives and not the fruit of the
flesh and of the world. Some get so enraged that they even shake from rage. Others are
filled with gossip and cannot preach the Gospel while controlled by these things. Be on
your guard against these sinful desires that want to rob you of God's work in your life.
You've been chosen by God. Now live that life.
Perhaps you have been wounded by the devil but there's a cure.
Jesus desires to and is able to set you free.