THE BELIEVER’S CONDUCT
. . . who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead
and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
We must guard against falling into the trap of turning our walk with the Lord into a grocery list of dos and don’ts. Should this ever happen, the passion, the zeal, the fervor that we once had for the Lord will vanish.
It is easy to get away from relationship and enter into a rigid pattern of relating to God. We can come to a point where we don’t feel or express anything, acting almost like robots for God. To fear God isn’t to be frightened into doing what He wants us to do. To fear God is to worship, respect, and love Him so much that we desire to do what is right. We desire to serve Him in a way that pleases Him and brings glory to His name.
Peter knew that we have to meld discipline with passion. With God’s love and forgiveness serving as Peter’s motivation, he fulfilled the law. This is the beginning of understanding how a believer needs to conduct himself. At the end of this portion of Scripture, Peter reminds us where our hope is: “Your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:21).
If you are living a life that supports your words, why would you do anything but serve Him? Our conduct reflects what we truly believe about our God and His Word. What message does your conduct convey?
Lord, when I asked You into my life, it was so I could be Your disciple,
not Your robot. Keep me from turning our relationship into a list of
rules and duties.