Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin— in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living—and they slander you. They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, so that, although they might be judged in the flesh according to human standards, they might live in the spirit according to God’s standards. (1 Peter 4:1-6)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Imagine what it would be like to spend the rest of your days living for God alone. Imagine what it would be like to be finished with sin. This passage of Scripture seems to be saying that such a thing is indeed possible. When we begin to live by faith to such degree that we suffer for it, the power of sin is broken. When we begin to live differently, people will notice the difference. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our faith.
Heavenly Father, bring me quickly to the place where I am done with sin. Let me then live the rest of my days, not for my will, but for yours. Let my faith, my words, and my actions match. And give me many opportunities to share my faith, so that others can come to know the joy of your grace and new beginnings.