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Christ-like Lifestyle

1 Peter 2:13–3:7

Yesterday I wrote about our responsibility as royal priests to actively share the Gospel. Today’s passage includes verses that some may use to justify a more passive aproach. Peter describes how we Christians are to submit to various governing authorities such as rulers, governments, masters, and even spouses. The idea here being that by living a Christ-like lifestyle you will win people to Christ by your exemplary behavior. Let me give you an example from the text.

1 Peter 3:1-2

“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, [2] when they see your respectful and pure conduct.”

Now clearly this is part of the process of sharing the Gospel. Peter, Paul, and the rest lived exemlary lives but they also looked for the opportunity to share the Gospel every chance they got. Living an exemplary lifestyle isn’t an option to be exercized INSTEAD of telling people about Jesus but rather in conjunction with telling people about Jesus. Let’s assume for a moment, however, that right living is enough; are you living an examplarly life? When people look at you, do they say “that guy is really different”? Do they say “that guy is always caring, peaceful, charitable, loving, and joyful – I’ve got to find out his secret”?

Far too many of us say that living a Christ-like life is enough and then don’t even do that. Brothers, we must live a Christ-like lifestyle to the glory of God which includes telling others about Christ. Don’t make excuses guys. Do your job!

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

 

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