Will of God
1 Peter 4:1-6(NIV)
1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
The verdict was handed down yesterday by the judge. Marco Muzzo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with a drunk driving crash North of Toronto that killed three children and their grandfather last September. He had 10 prior speeding infractions that should have deterred him from driving recklessly. He was just coming back from his own stag party in Las Vegas and was to be married the following month. Although early parole will allow him to get out of prison in 3-1/2 years, the consequences of his sin will have a life-long effect on the parents of the three children.
The penalty of fines or jail time doesn’t seem to stop people from drinking and driving. Paul is making a similar statement that since Christ suffered in his body, believers need to be done with sin and not go after earthly desires. We once did what the pagans did, but are now being called to do the will of God and to think of what the sin has done to Jesus. It is not only the non-believers who need to give an account of their lives, but we are also accountable for our actions in our lives as well. Continuing to live in sin will have its consequences so it’s time to change our attitude to be more like Christ and not to follow what the rest of the world desires.