January 15 – God’s Will – God’s will…submission

Read 1 Peter 2:1-3:7

While there are individually unique aspects of God’s will that may differ from person to person, there are certain facets of His plan that 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 you 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 you isolate that verse from the context, you discover a general principle . . . A morally upright life is like a Teflon skillet. That’s true, you know.  When you do right, accusations of wrong don’t stick.  It is God’s will that you 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 you willingly yield to others around you.

You can demonstrate that in how you 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.

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

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 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 have eliminated any grounds for accusation.

Steve Kern

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