They do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
1 Peter 4:2
I met with a prayer circle that included a converted Muslim. His decision to follow Jesus resulted in being disowned by family, threats to his spouse, and fear of physical harm. Even so, because “the end of all things is near,” he resolved to live “for the will of God.”
Faith can face painful challenges. But because the Lord “set eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11), Peter articulates reasons for faithful living:
Christians will continue to encounter pressure to disobey God. Yet they refuse to be blinded by circumstances and to live only for the moment. Instead, they live for Christ and his return!
Lord, when we are weary of attacks on our faith, strengthen us with eternal vision, encourage us with grace, and surround us with love. Amen.
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