October 18: Submission. God’s Will

Read 1 Peter 2:1-3:7

While individually unique aspects of God’s will may differ from person to person, certain facets of His plan apply to all people and/or to all Christ followers. Already we have seen that His will is that every person comes to faith in the Son, Jesus Christ. We have observed that His will includes the sanctification or setting apart of His children from the ways of the world . . . especially with regard to sexual purity. But today we also read another clear “it is God’s will that” statement:

“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people” (2:15).

If we isolate that verse from the context, we discover a general principle . . . a morally upright life is like a Teflon skillet. That’s true, you know. When we do right, accusations of wrong don’t stick. It is God’s will that we live that way.

But now pause and consider it in the broader context of what Peter was writing. This challenge to do good is specifically planted in the soil of submission “to every human authority.” It is God’s desire that we willingly yield to others around us.

We can demonstrate that in how we relate to government regulations and elected officials (2:13-17 cf. 1 Tim. 2:1-7; Rom. 13:1-7). Do you gladly abide by their requests? Do you pay the taxes to which you are obligated? Do you demonstrate respect for the people in the offices, even praying for them? All of these are a reflection of God’s will.

We are to yield to others in your work relationships (2:18-25 cf. Eph. 6:5-9; Col. 3:22-24). As supervisors, we are to treat your employees fairly. As employees, we are to serve as if serving Christ Himself. Again, this is part of God’s will for you and for me.

That kind of submission is also to characterize life at home (3:1-7 cf. Eph. 5:21-33; Col. 3:18-21). How husbands and wives and parents and children should interact is outlined by God.  He has expressed His will for us.

In short, we do God’s will when we do the right things in relationships! And, as a byproduct, we eliminate any grounds for accusation.

sbk

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