1 Peter 4:4 Are You Surprising The World?

 

Surpised man

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 1 Peter 4:4

The majority of the people in this world like to live having a good time. They want to do what they want, when they want and how they want.

Teenagers and college students are commonly looked as the ones who live wild and reckless lives. They are often portrayed as party animals, that do nothing but party and be reckless. While it is true that a vast majority do party and have a reckless time in that part of their life, they are not the only ones who live wild and reckless lives.

Millions of men and women get drunk or do drugs everyday. Millions daily sleep around outside of marriage each day. Millions engage in activities that are dangerous and sinful, that will cause problems down the road. This can be seen with people from teen-age level all the way to senior citizens.

Peer pressure is applied to anyone who does not agree with them and join in the wild living. Because of that peer pressure, many more cave in and join them.

True believers in God will stand out as different. Their lives are not guided by having fun in the moment. They are guided by God’s Holy Spirit to live a holy life, that is pure before God with everlasting benefits.

As a believer refuses to be a part of the wild life of this world, people see them as strange. They are surprised that anyone would not want to be a part of that lifestyle. It is often seen as hate and rejection of the person. It is common for believers to be called haters, because they will not accept or partake in the sinful, wild activities of this world. Yet, God has called the believer to be separate from this world.

The world is watching what you say and do. They want you to be like them in every way, so that they do not feel the conviction of being wrong. The life the world is living will only end in death. Do not be a part of that death. Jesus pulled you out of it, stay out of it.

Allow the world to be surprised at how you live.

Is the world surprised at why you will not act and live the way they do?

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus has given you; that you will live your life for God and not this world; that God will give you strength to turn from the wild living of this world; and that the world will be surprised at how you live for God.

Acts 3:12 Why Be Surprised

“When Peter saw this, he said to them: Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? Acts 3:12

A man, who had been lame since birth, had just received healing and was walking. Peter was the one who told the man to be healed. The man was now telling everyone what had happened. All the people were looking astonished and some believed that it was Peter and John who healed the man. Peter quickly points out that it was not them, but Jesus who healed the man. He asks the people why they are surprised at the healing.

Even today, nearly 2,000 years later, people still stand amazed when a miraculous healing occurs. Many will look to the person through whom the healing occurred as the one who did it. There are some people who will go around stating that they have a healing ministry.

No person on this earth can bring about a healing on their own. It is the power of Jesus that heals a person.

If you believe that Jesus died and rose again, why don’t you believe He can heal?

Often people believe that God won’t heal them because they are not worth healing. No one is worth anything because of sin, but God still loves everyone the same. God chooses to heal so that the name of Jesus may be glorified.

After this man was healed, Peter pointed the people to Jesus and gave the entire gospel message. Jesus wants everyone to be saved. If healing a person will bring about more people coming to Him, then He will do it.

Do you believe in Jesus? Or do you believe in the healing or the one person through whom the healing came? Are you promoting Jesus? Or are you promoting the person and the healing?

Do not be amazed when Jesus heals you. He rose from the dead, healing is an easy thing. Jesus can do all this and more in and through you each and everyday if you let Him.

I pray today that you will put all your trust and belief in Jesus; that you will glorify Jesus in everything that happens in your life; that you will not be surprised when Jesus works in your life; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

1 John 3:13 Don’t Be Surprised

“Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.” 1 John 3:13

After telling you to stop sinning and live in God, John now tells you to love one another. God loved you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for you. He also loved everyone else just as much. Now you are to love everyone else.

As you go about showing love to other people, some will return that love with hatred. This comes as a surprise to some people. How can someone show hatred when being loved?

In this verse John tells you not to be surprised that the world will hate you. The world here, is all the non-believers in the world. These people are being led by the devil and their own sinful desires.

Some of the reasons the world may hate you are:
1) guilt: your loving actions show how bad they really are and they do not want to see that
2) jealousy: they see in you something they don’t have
3) fear: that you are better than they are and will win in the end
4) Jesus: the world hates Jesus, so the world will hate you because you represent Him in this world

John used the great example of hatred in the story of Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel out of jealousy because Abel’s actions were righteous while his were not.

Often believers will get upset when someone hates them. Or they will feel that they have done something wrong to bring on the hatred. After this happens many often change their actions and ways to follow the world. They want the world to love them.

This goes against the way Jesus acted. As He was going around loving people, the people hated Him and ultimately killed Him on the cross. Yet, even on the cross, Jesus still loved them and wanted the Father to forgive them.

You are told to expect hatred from the world. Do not return that hatred with hatred. Do not allow yourself to change in order to be loved by the world. Pray for those in the world and continue to be a shining light for Jesus. Be an example of who Jesus is to the world. Do not allow their hatred to stop or change you.

I pray that today God will fill you with His love; that God will help you to show His love to all around you; that God will strengthen you as the world hates you; and that you will be His witness in everything you say and do.

1 Peter 4:12-13 Don’t Be Suprised

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:12-13

This is a very tough passage to read and accept. This is a passage most people would like to just skip past, but God has it here for a reason. No one dares to skip past these verses.

How many times have you just come out of some excellent revival services at church only to be blasted by some troubles in life? The car breaks down; a child gets seriously sick; you lose your job; and your rent is due, all at the same. How frustrating is that? Often many believers will wonder why all this is happening to them. They feel they are serving God correctly and bringing Him honor, why all the trouble? Yet this occurs to every believer, even Jesus himself. Jesus said you will have troubles in this world. It is not something strange or unique to you.

Peter then tells you to rejoice as you participate in the sufferings of Christ. You must count it with joy as you go through struggles. Why would this be? All suffering (troubles) are meant for your good. They are meant to make you more like Jesus. Satan does not want you to succeed at all, he wants you to fall. He will do anything he can to make you fall; this includes bringing trouble into your life.

Jesus went through the worst of struggles, yet He went through them with joy, because He knew it was for the best. The struggles you are going through are only for your best. In the end when Jesus returns you will be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. He will get all the glory for your coming through shining as gold. You will be excited that He is glorified.

Ask God to change your heart and mind about the struggles you are going through from day-to-day. Look at them as light and momentary troubles compared to what you will get in the end. Rejoice in what you are going through.

I pray that today God will give you strength to rejoice in your struggles; that God will strengthen you to go through your struggles; that God will help you be His shining example in this world; and that God will use you to build His kingdom by your example of following Jesus.