Child’s Play

“…as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance”  1 Peter 1: 14

Among the common themes of the New Testament, the reader will find a unanimous appeal from all authors to practice nonconformity. If you’re familiar with the standards of quality management systems, that’s a dirty word. No one wants to be guilty of a nonconformity.

But Peter, as well as Paul, gives believers permission to be nonconformists. But of what? He is encouraging his readers to detach themselves from their former lusts. What are these lusts that we are to refrain from?

Without unveiling much of Peter’s letter prematurely, he is of course describing worldly desires. He’s talking about the things we wanted before Jesus freed us from a path of self-gratifying desires. You know, those things that the Bible defines as ‘works of the flesh.’

Paul gives us a list to work by in his letter to the Galatians. “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. Galatians 5:19-21)

But the list isn’t exhaustive. The list includes anything that places the emphasis on us and detracts focus from God. It’s everything that the unregenerate man wants to do.

Instead, Peter says we are to be like obedient children. Remember how simple that was. Mom said do this and we did it. Dad said don’t do that and we didn’t (at least, when we were obedient). Isn’t it amazing how complicated we make things? When Peter makes it so clear (he learned from the very Best by the way), we desperately need a childlike faith.

We hear His voice and we follow.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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4 Responses to Child’s Play

  1. It is useful to note that whenever there is a “put off” in Scripture, it is followed by a “put on” [e.g. Ephesians 4:22,24].

    Your reference to childhood obedience reminds me of a mother who became concerned about the sugar levels in her family’s diet. Her little daughter drank an enormous amount of soft drink (I think you call them soda?). When she told her daughter she wouldn’t be buying any more, the child said “You mean we don’t like them anymore? OK”

    We need the same ‘childlike faith’ response.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    “When Peter makes it so clear (he learned from the very Best by the way), we desperately need a childlike faith” – Yes, indeed!.

  3. bfpierce11 says:

    Easy to get wrapped up in over thinking and in so doing start slowly taking the reins back in our own life. Doing this much lately. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!

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